Tomas Holmstrom, three hours after his retirement press conference, dropped the puck for the ceremonial faceoff prior to the Detroit Red Wings home-opener Tuesday.

He should have been in uniform, parked in front of the opposition's crease, with his rear end facing the goaltender. The Red Wings' ailing power play could have used Holmstrom's net-front presence, not to mention Nicklas Lidstrom's amazingly accurate shot from the point.

But those two mainstays are gone, and the Red Wings' power play, which was below average to begin with in 2011-12, hasn't shown any improvement through three games.

Detroit went 0-for-4 on the power play Tuesday, which contributed to its 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars before a sellout crowd of 20,066 at Joe Louis Arena.