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4 Islanders who need to produce now

Islanders defenseman Matt Donovan chases the puck against

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Jack Capuano said Friday morning that the Islanders’ game with the Predators on Friday night at Nassau Coliseum is “a big game for a few guys.”

He wouldn’t elaborate, as usual, but let’s take a look at the evidence from this preseason to see who needs to have a productive night:

Matt Donovan

Like any rookie, Donovan needs to take advantage of an opportunity in a game. He’s definitely...

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Isles' young defense, Brock Nelson and Anders Lee

Islanders prospect Anders Lee skates during minicamp at

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Some notes from Thursday’s Isles-Devils game in Newark:

-- Jack Capuano was particularly pleased with the work of his very inexperienced defense against a Devils team that had about 75 percent of its opening night roster on the ice. Griffin Reinhart, Ryan Pulock, Andrey Pedan and Scott Mayfield all played very capably; Mike Dalhuisen, the 24-year-old out of The Netherlands and Quinnipiac University...

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Islanders' Anders Lee sits again

Anders Lee celebrates his first-period goal against Winnipeg's

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BOSTON -- Rookie Anders Lee was a healthy scratch for the second straight game and third time in the five games since he joined the team on April 1.

Capuano has been wary of dropping the 22-year-old into tough situations against speedy opponents. Lee was on the ice for all four goals against in the two games he played, though he did score a goal in his NHL debut.

Lee joined Marty Reasoner,...

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Anders Lee informs Isles he's staying at Notre Dame

Notre Dame's Anders Lee tries to keep the

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Lee, one of the more coveted and NHL-ready prospects on the Islanders' depth chart, informed Garth Snow over the weekend that Lee will stay at Notre Dame for his junior year.

The 22-year-old Lee led the Irish with 17 goals this past season, which ended with disappointment after Notre Dame, which held the No. 1 college ranking for much of the early part of the season, failed to receive an at-large...

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