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Lowry injured in Jets loss to Toronto

"You don't see (Lowry) go down too often like that. Hopefully, he's doing all right."

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton

WINNIPEG - Jets forward Adam Lowry left Thursday's game after the first period after being on the receiving end of a hit from Maple Leafs forward Alex Galchenyuk.

Lowry played one more shift in the first period, but headed to the dressing room after that.

Head coach Paul Maurice didn't have an update on Lowry immediately following the game.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler, who made his return from a concussion on Thursday, didn't like the hit.

"It looked late and high," said Wheeler. "I mean, Lows is six inches taller than him so you've got to get pretty high to get him. So you don't see (Lowry) go down too often like that. Hopefully, he's doing all right."

With Lowry out, Andrew Copp moved from left wing to centre with Mathieu Perreault on the left wing and Mason Appleton on the right.

"He's a big part of our team, on and off the ice, brings a physical element, has centred that third line since I've been here and has been very, very good at it," Copp said of Lowry. "I honestly really enjoy playing with him. 

"But with that said, Wheels was just out for six games. We've handled injuries numerous, numerous times. We've got a deep group up front, so we're I think we're able to handle those injuries, handling that adversity with the makeup of our team. But obviously losing Adam, if it is losing Adam, obviously it's a big loss."

Copp played 15:33 on the night and won 78 percent of his face-offs. His versatility and ability to step into whatever spot he's needed makes him valuable on the roster.

"When a guy like Lows goes down, luckily we have guys like Andrew Copp who can play the middle," said Mark Scheifele. "But you need guys to step up and make the most of it; we battled to the end. With 11 forwards we battled hard and gave it our all."

Lowry has played in all 45 games for the Jets this season. He has eight goals, 20 points, and - along with Copp - often goes up against the opposition's best on a nightly basis.

But as Copp referenced after the game, this is where Winnipeg's depth is key. As all season, they haven't done much for hard matching lines. The main reason for that is the ability for all lines to handle that responsibility.

"I think it's been more of O-zone and D-zone and keeping rhythm. I think especially with the schedule we've had I don't think Paul's looking to play anyone over 19, 20 minutes a night too often just because we're going to need everyone," said Copp. "There's gonna be some line matching, for sure, as things get going, but I think it keeps everyone in the flow of the game and everyone in rhythm and I think that's the biggest benefit and we don't have to worry about it on the road, either."

The Jets are scheduled to practice on Friday at Bell MTS Place.

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