Johan Franzen laughed and shook his head, at a loss for words as the Red Wings are for goals on their power play on the road.

They went 0-for-3 with the man advantage in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena, stymied as they have been all season as they dropped to 0-for-36 on power plays in road games.

"It's got to be better," Franzen said. "That's all I have to say, really. It's bad. It's got to be better."

Franzen wasn't the only Wing hard-pressed to explain the problem. Henrik Zetterberg said: "The power play is a big issue. If we get one there, get momentum, it's a different game. I don't even know what to say anymore."

Retrievals are an issue; opponents keep getting to pucks first after they've been shot in from the point, and all it takes is one good clearing pass to eat 15-20 seconds off the clock.