Stop the freebies.

To a player, the Red Wings feel they did not play poorly against the Ducks in their 5-2 loss Friday, "except..."

Except for giving away goals.

It is never advisable in the NHL, and it hurts particularly with a roster that needs to get just about everything right to emerge victorious. And that is the point, right now, for the Wings: Despite consecutive losses after three wins, they are still getting a lot right.

But the mistakes, four times in two games, have resulted in pucks behind their goalie, errors potentially fatal to their quest for points and playoff position.

It will be a new goalie against the Wild on Sunday in Minnesota, as coach Mike Babcock starts the promising rookie Petr Mrazek, who turned 21 Thursday. But the Red Wings also want a new commitment to eliminate the errors.

Perhaps a road game will help put them in the frame of mind. Perhaps playing in front of a goalie in his second NHL start will provide some focus for their best intentions.

But the Red Wings need to clean things up.