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4 Islanders who need to produce now

Islanders defenseman Matt Donovan chases the puck against

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

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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Isles' Cal Clutterbuck will miss 'extended time' with leg laceration

Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck skates during training

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

The Isles' first night of the preseason was a costly one. Cal Clutterbuck, the energetic forward acquired from the Wild on draft day for former first-round pick Nino Niederreiter, suffered a skate laceration to his leg and "will miss some extended time," according to Islanders coach Jack Capuano.

Clutterbuck played in the split-squad game against the Flames in Calgary on Tuesday...

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Isles lines and pairings for preseason debut

Ryan Strome looks on during the Islanders Rookie

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With the morning skates underway in Saskatchewan, here are the lines, defense pairs and goaltenders for each of the Isles’ split-squad games Tuesday night:

REGINA

Moulson-Tavares-Bouchard Lee-Nelson-Strome Martin-Cizikas-McDonald Gallant-Sundstrom-Boulton

Hickey-Visnovsky Strait-Hamonic Finley-Ness

Nabokov Reiter

CALGARY

Bailey-Nielsen-Okposo Grabner-Regin-Clutterbuck...

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Heading into Isles' first preseason game . . .

Islanders center Pierre-Marc Bouchard skates during training camp

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

A few notes on the first preseason gameday, with the team in Regina and Calgary and me... not.

-- We’ll have line combos and defense pairings after the Isles skate in Regina later this morning (both game rosters are skating in Regina, then the Calgary group is flying there). But you can assume that Jack Capuano will stick with the lines he drew up for the first four days of training camp,...

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Isles practice at Barclays Center which will hold 15,813 for hockey

Nets owner Bruce Ratner welcomes Islanders owner Charles

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The Islanders made their Barclays Center debut on Thursday, riding the Long Island Rail Road to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, walking across Atlantic Avenue just past rush hour and hitting the ice for the first time in their future home.

“The Islanders complete this place,” Barclays Center CEO Bruce Ratner said during a tour for assembled media. “We have an NHL team in Brooklyn.”

Thursday...

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Colin McDonald meets Islanders fans at Nassau Coliseum

Colin McDonald, left, and Michael Grabner, right, celebrate

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With the Islanders' first preseason game less than two weeks away, Colin McDonald held a meet and greet to sign autographs and take pictures with fans Wednesday at Nassau Coliseum.

"You don't get a chance to meet the fans on a personal level like this throughout the course of the season and the reality of it is these are the guys, these are the people that pay us our salaries, and it's...

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