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."

Said captain Henrik Zetterberg: "We have to restart, flush that out, and keep playing the way we want to."

The Red Wings haven't played poorly during their winless streak (0-2-1). They simply have had one awful stretch within games that has changed the outcome.

Eliminating those ugly spots is what coach Mike Babcock was adamant about after Monday's practice at Bridgestone Arena.

"It's not like we don't start," Babcock said. "It's not like we don't play in spots. All teams that don't win always talk about a section of the game. A game is 60 minutes long and you have to start on time and play the whole 60 minutes and the best team wins.

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