DALLAS - The night was a joyful homecoming for Red Wings defenseman Trevor Daley, except for the outcome of the game.
Daley, who was drafted by the Stars and spent the first 10-plus years of his career in Dallas got to see a tribute video from the Stars during the first television timeout. Daley acknowledged the crowd with a wave and some applause.
But due to a sluggish start the Wings lost the game, 4-2, and Daley lost his defense partner Danny DeKeyser to a lower-body injury in the third period.
After the game, Wings coach Jeff Blashill said he would have an update on DeKeyser at Wednesday's practice in Arizona.
1. Face-off woes: The Wings did not start the game as fast as they would like, due in part to face-off trouble, winning just 23 percent in the first period. They finished at 42 percent. Part of the issue is trying to figure out how the officials are going to call face-off violations. Players know if someone is kicked out of the draw, if the second person taking the face-off is called for a violation, it means a penalty on the team. Captain Henrik Zetterberg was 15-of-34, Frans Nielsen was 5-of-16 and Dylan Larkin was 8-of-16.
Quotable: "For the second guy who comes in, you might as well just give the face-off away, because you don't want to be that guy in the box." - Zetterberg
Quotable II: "We got to do a better job in the face-off circle. The one thing I'd say about that is we're very worried about taking that penalty. I guess I got to look through the league and see if they've called any yet. In the preseason they did, but I want to make sure that it's being called the same way for that second guy going in. I certainly want to make sure our guys are not taking a penalty but if they're allowing more cheating on that second guy throughout the league we got to make sure they're looking at that, so we're going to study that here in the next little bit." - Blashill
2. Justin Abdelkader : As for several Wings, the 2016-17 season was one Justin Abdelkader would like to forget. Not only did he miss 18 games due to injury, Abdelkader's scoring dropped off from 19 goals in 2015-16 and 23 in 2014-15 to just seven. Wings coach Jeff Blashill even spoke about Abdelkader's importance after the morning skate. The Wings had a 4-on-3 power play in the second period and Zetterberg found Abdelkader at the left side of the net for Detroit's first goal of the game at 3:50. Mike Green also assisted. Green has five assists in the first three games.
Quotable: "Nice play on the power play. Offensive guys feel good about themselves when they score and I thought Justin had been creating chances. I think Helm has, too. When those guys score they're going to be feel good about it for sure." - Blashill 3. Petr Mrazek: During the preseason, Petr Mrazek was often under siege, facing 40 shots in each game against the Chicago Blackhawks. It was a similar situation for Mrazek in Dallas, Mrazek's first start of the regular season. Mrazek stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced. The third Dallas goal, scored by Mattias Janmark at 8:05 of the second period, was one that Mrazek would have liked to have back. The Stars' fourth goal was an empty-netter.
Quotable: "That third goal, I would be more happy about that. The first game of the season, it's always important to get some saves. It was OK but as I said, the third goal was not good." - Mrazek