One crucial mistake leads to another.

And what once was a lead — or a close game — turns into disappointment.

That's what's ailing the Red Wings, who have lost three consecutive heading into Tuesday night's road game against the Predators.

"Lately, it seems like a thing goes wrong and we just keep adding mistakes," Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "That has been costing us games here of late … We've been finding ways to lose lately. We have to do a better job."

The last three losses have been perfect examples.

Against the Blues, an early 2-0 early — against a rookie goaltender — evaporated as St. Louis found holes in Detroit's defense.

Against the Ducks, a 2-2 tie entering the third period turned into a 4-2 deficit — in a period of 48 seconds.

Against the Wild, a 2-0 Red Wings lead disappeared and became a 3-2 loss as Minnesota scored three goals in 4:10.

"Momentum is going to change in a game and things are going to go wrong," Kronwall said. "When that happens, we have to find a better way to deal with it. Stay composed and deal with it."