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Trending: Wings tighten up defense but fall to Oilers, 2-1

Green gets first goal of season; Cholowski a late scratch

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

EDMONTON -- The Detroit Red Wings managed to tighten up their defense but the offense is still wanting.

Although the Wings were able to hold the hot Edmonton Oilers to two goals, they only scored one in a 2-1 loss at Rogers Place Friday night.

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Oilers' Holland: 'It's going to be a strange night' facing Wings

Former Detroit GM happy to see old friends but looking forward to game's end

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

EDMONTON -- Although he has settled into his new role nicely, it was a little bit of a different feeling for Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland as he walked into Rogers Place Friday evening.

That's because his Oilers were about to face the Detroit Red Wings, the team that Holland toiled for for so many years.

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Notes: Wings face tough challenge in explosive Oilers

Athanasiou looking for first goal of the season; Helm fined by league

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

EDMONTON -- Playing a team that has Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl is never an easy task but it's even harder when the whole team is playing well.

The Edmonton Oilers have gotten off to a 6-1-0 start and are averaging four goals a game.

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Taking Flight - Powering Forward

My confidence is high with my goal of being a Red Wing well within my reach

by Givani Smith / Special to DetroitRedWings.com

Right wing Givani Smith was drafted by the Red Wings in the second round, 46th overall, in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound Toronto native is one of four Red Wings prospects writing for our Taking Flight blog series, which chronicles the players' ups and downs as they work their way to becoming Red Wings. Smith is in his second professional season and currently plays for Detroit's AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. Here is his seventh entry of 'Powering Forward.'

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Trending: Wings can't overcome Flames' firepower in 5-1 loss

Despite line shakeups, Detroit only manages one goal

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

CALGARY -- Right now the Red Wings are not scoring and they're having trouble preventing their opponents from scoring.

The Calgary Flames (4-3-1) carried the play Thursday night at Scotiabank Saddledome, defeating the Wings, 5-1.

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Notes: Nemeth expected to play but DeKeyser and Erne questionable

Hirose enjoying seeing family and friends in hometown, looking forward to facing Gaudreau

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

CALGARY -- It appears that at least one of the Red Wings who missed practice Wednesday will be able to play against the Calgary Flames tonight.

Forward Adam Erne (upper body) and defensemen Danny DeKeyser (mid-body) and Patrik Nemeth (illness) all took part in the team's optional morning skate Thursday at Scotiabank Saddledome.

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Notes: Now it's Hirose turn to play in his hometown

Wings missing DeKeyser, Nemeth and Erne in practice; power-play units changed a bit

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

CALGARY -- First it was Red Wings defenseman Dennis Cholowski who got to play in his hometown of Vancouver on Tuesday. Now Taro Hirose gets a turn.

Although Hirose played in 10 games last season for the Wings after signing as a free agent out of Michigan State, none of those 10 games were played in his hometown of Calgary.

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Trending: Fast start does not last as Wings fall to Canucks, 5-1

Vancouver wins special teams battle as Detroit struggles

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

VANCOUVER -- It was a great first shift for the Detroit Red Wings but not a lot went right after that.

Dylan Larkin scored 30 seconds into the game but it was all Vancouver after that as the Canucks earned a 5-1 victory at Rogers Arena Tuesday night.

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DeKeyser a late scratch in Vancouver

Daley comes off injured reserve, takes DeKeyser's spot in lineup

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

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.

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Notes: Cholowski excited to play in hometown

Vancouver's Hughes looking forward to playing against his friend, Larkin

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

VANCOUVER -- This moment has been a long time coming for Detroit Red Wings defenseman Dennis Cholowski.

Tuesday night will be the first time Cholowski plays in the arena where his family once had season tickets against his hometown team, the Vancouver Canucks.

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