The Islanders wrapped up their preseason schedule Sunday. On Monday, rosters will be set and the run-up to Friday's season opener begins.
"I like where we're at,'' Jack Capuano said after coaching a split-squad version of the Isles to a 5-2 win over the Senators in Barrie, Ontario. "After the first week or 10 days of camp, we started to execute our framework, play our system. I feel like our guys know exactly how to play to be successful. We figured it out last year, even though it took some time. We understand it right off the bat here.''
The Islanders also won the other split-squad game with the Senators in Ottawa. Capuano and general manager Garth Snow needed plenty of extra players to fill out two full rosters Sunday, but the team will cut down to its final 23 by Monday afternoon.
There are few question marks remaining. Brock Nelson, who scored a goal in Ottawa, seems to have a forward slot locked up, which means Anders Lee, Ryan Strome and Johan Sundstrom, who had two goals in Barrie, will start the season in Bridgeport.
Travis Hamonic left the game in Barrie early after taking a hard hit from the Senators' Derek Grant. Capuano gave no details on the nature of the injury, only that Hamonic will be evaluated again on Long Island on Monday.
An injury might be the only thing that changes the defense makeup. Joe Finley was placed on waivers Sunday; if he clears, he'll go to Bridgeport, leaving Matt Donovan and Griffin Reinhart as the two additions to the corps.
Capuano had Kevin Poulin and Anders Nilsson split the game in Barrie as they vie for the backup goaltending job behind Evgeni Nabokov. "I thought Kevin and Anders played real well,'' Capuano said. "We'll have some more discussions tonight and tomorrow on everyone.''