VANCOUVER -- It was an inauspicious sign during the Red Wings morning skate in Vancouver.
About 17 minutes in, defenseman Danny DeKeyser left the ice early with athletic trainer Piet Van Zant close behind.
DeKeyser came out for pre-game warmups as usual and did some stretching and skating but left without taking rushes.
Trevor Daley who came off injured reserve along with forward Frans Nielsen, a couple of hours after the morning skate, took rushes with Filip Hronek.
Shortly before the game, the Wings announced that DeKeyser was out with an upper-body injury,
DeKeyser has been playing in the top pair with Hronek against the other teams' top players and is second on the team in average ice time to defenseman Mike Green, 22:43-22:05.
Daley started the game with Hronek.