DETROIT -- Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg called Wednesday night's 4-1 loss to the Predators "embarrassing."
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was glad they agreed with him.
"It's absolutely unacceptable to compete like we did," Babcock said after the Wings fell behind, 2-0, in the first period, 4-0, in the second. "You're not going to be successful in anything, any walk of life, working (like that). Beyond ridiculous!
"Obviously, we've got tons of work to do. I thought we were coming out of what we're in, but obviously we're not. So, we'll have to get to work in practice tomorrow."
Babcock hinted that today's practice could be a tough one.
"We're not going to work in games? You can bet we'll work in practice," Babcock said. "We're going to get some work ethic back, because there's no way we're going to have 22,000 people watching us play like that. That's absolutely unacceptable."
Babcock said it was mental and physical. The Wings were sloppy, losing battles or turning the puck over on each of Nashville's first three goals.
"We're awful," Babcock said.
Jimmy Howard was replaced in the second period after giving up four goals on 16 shots. It was the second rebound goal the Predators had scored, this time by Sergei Kostitsyn on a power play at 10:26.
"I haven't been through each goal, but I know when two guys are behind the net and three guys are behind the net and they're shooting into an empty net, it's probably not anything to do with the goaltenders," Babcock said. "We weren't good enough tonight. Obviously, we're not prepared mentally to play and to compete at a high-enough level."
Babcock said the Predators "skated right through us time and time again and beat us to all the loose pucks and won all the battles.
"They deserve full credit for the win, and for us to play like that, like I said, unacceptable," Babcock said. "Best word I can come up with."
Babcock said the push the Wings had wasn't long enough and "not sustained enough."
"The coach ain't getting the job done, and neither are 22 players, I can tell you that," Babcock said.
As for Zetterberg and Lidstrom saying guys weren't trusting each other enough, Babcock said: "All I'm going to say is we weren't good enough.
"Anytime you dig yourself into a mess, it takes you awhile to dig yourself out. All I can tell you is our work ethic's gotta get a lot better."
Babcock said the team hasn't been very good since the All-Star break.
The Wings won, 7-5, at Ottawa on Feb. 2.
"We weren't very good that night, but we scored," Babcock said.
The Wings lost, 3-0, at home against the Predators at Nashville on Saturday, then beat the Rangers, 3-2, on Monday.
"And Howie had to (face) 47 (shots) against New York, didn't he?" Babcock said.