There were signs the last few weeks.

Goals were being scored in bunches, but the Red Wings were allowing quite a few, too.

"The thing I don't like about what's gone on lately is we're giving up too many goals," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said in the midst of that stretch. "I don't mind if we score goals, but I'm not interested in giving them up."

Tuesday's 4-3 loss to Florida was an example of Babcock's words.

The Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in 11 of the last 15 games. During that stretch, they are 7-3-1.

"If we let in three or four goals a night, it's not easy to win games," Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg said. "You have to score a lot of them (goals) yourself. Even (Tuesday) some of the goals shouldn't have happened but (did), and it's something that has to change."

A lack of execution and sloppy defensive play have been the issues, leading to many of the goals allowed.

By the coaching staff's count, the Red Wings had 20 turnovers against the Panthers.

"All throughout the (Florida) game, we didn't take care of the puck well enough," Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist said. "If you don't do that, you'll lose. We have to be better."