Hard luck. Bad bounces. Call it whatever you like.

The bottom line is that a couple of desultory weekend losses have put the Detroit Red Wings in a tough spot that's about to get a lot tougher with a big road stretch ahead.

The Wings will fly to Western Canada today for a three-game trip and will play seven of their next eight games on the road. That's not great news for a team whose 3-5-2 road record was tied for third worst in the Western Conference before Monday's games.

"It's going to be tough," goaltender Jimmy Howard said. "But there's no excuses because we're going out on the road. We've got to find a way to get dirty wins."

Dirty wins?

"Just going to the net and hopefully getting some puck luck," Howard said. "I don't think we really have gotten it as of late. So hopefully we can make out on this road trip.

"I don't think it's lack of effort or lack of trying by the guys. They're working hard, and hopefully when we go out on this trip we get a couple bounces."

Coach Mike Babcock hopes to have Valtteri Filppula back this week and then Darren Helm, which could boost offensive production. The Wings have scored more than two goals only once in their past seven games.