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Adam Lowry got his first preseason game of the season under his belt last night. The big centre had over 16 minutes of ice time, including 1:37 on the power play and 2:08 shorthanded.
Though he described the game as "scrambly at times," he says improvement over the preseason is key.
"The big focus for us this year is going to be on our special teams. That was something that really hindered us last year," said Lowry. "If you're going to be a successful team, you're going to want to have those firing consistently on a night in night out basis."
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Winnipeg's power play was ranked 30th in the NHL, while the penalty kill was 25th. In order for those to improve, Lowry says the players - new and old - have to take advantage of practice time.
"Early on we've had a few chances to work on those. Then it's just making sure that all the systems are ironed out and nailed down," said Lowry. "You have a lot of new guys coming in and a lot of guys that haven't played those systems before. It's important to make sure they feel comfortable in those."
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Assistant coach Jamie Kompon said Shawn Matthias is seeing a doctor this afternoon for the upper-body injury he sustained in last night's 3-0 preseason loss to Calgary.
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Matthias played 3:22 in the opening period before leaving with the injury.
Kompon added that forwards Ryan Olsen and Patrice Cormier are day-to-day as well (neither skated in practice on Wednesday).