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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

(Credit: James Escher)

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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Griffin Reinhart working to reverse perceptions

Islanders prospect Griffin Reinhart skates during minicamp at

(Credit: James Escher)

Griffin Reinhart has heard the criticisms. He’s heard himself portrayed as lazy and as someone who consistently takes plays off. Reinhart, though, is here to prove those critics wrong.

“I know I’ve been criticized in the past, for not necessarily being lazy, but not urgent enough and intense,” Reinhart said. “I think I’ve really worked on that and I think they’ve seen that now in me a little...

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Islanders assign players to Bridgeport, junior teams

Travis Hamonic talks to reporters as Islanders clean

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The Islanders assigned 19 players to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The Islanders also assigned two players to their junior teams.

The players assigned to Bridgeport include Marc Cantin, Casey Cizikas, Jason Clark, Calvin de Haan, Brandon Defazio, Matt Donovan, Mike Halmo, Travis Hamonic, Kirill Kabanov, Jon Landry, Brock Nelson, Aaron Ness, Nino...

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