There was no sugarcoating it, and general manager Ken Holland didn’t even try to do so.

Saturday’s 10-1 loss in Montreal was about 48 hours old, but it still stuck with Holland in his office Monday afternoon.

“Unacceptable,” Holland said. “The last five periods we’ve played have been embarrassing and unacceptable. We didn’t play smart or as a unit. We have to respond now. We have one of the best teams in the league (Winnipeg) coming into our place (Tuesday). It’s a matter of how we respond.”

The Red Wings are winless in seven games (0-4-3) and are beginning to sink in the Eastern Conference standings.

They’re falling behind teams, and as last year showed, it’s difficult to pass a number of teams once you’re behind in the standings.

“I’m concerned,” Holland said. “We have to win some games. We have to string some wins together. We’ve put ourselves in a position where over the next 15 games, we have to play above .500 hockey.”

Holland wouldn’t comment on the status of coach Jeff Blashill, whose future has been speculated on by analysts and fans alike, as the Red Wings (10-12-5, 25 points) have had alternating good and bad streaks. Blashill has one year left on his contract, while Holland’s contract at the end of this season.

Stuck in a long winless streak, and coming off a particularly embarrassing loss in Montreal, the Red Wings returned to work Monday.