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It was a chance, forward Matt Hendricks said, to “get the cobwebs out.”

And while players have said that there’s still room for improvement with the exhibition season over, there is also plenty of reason for optimism.

“I don’t know if it’s progressed completely to wherever you want it to be until, who knows, Christmas, when you’ve got a lot of new guys vying for it,” Boudreau said. “But it’s progressed. It’s gotten better and better, which I think is natural from the start of camp to now.

“I assume we’re going to continue to get better.”