Another practice, another chance to get the Islanders ready for tomorrow's game with the Lightning. Capuano said he's not putting in any major, or even minor, changes to the style the team played under Scott Gordon until he's coached a few games himself.

"It's only a couple days to prepare for a game, so we don't want too much overload," he said.

That goes for personnel too. Capuano has coached a handful of the current Islanders in Bridgeport, but he needs to see what he's got before he decides to shuffle people around -- the forward lines and D pairings yesterday were about what Gordon would have had:





Gillies and Schremp were the extra forwards, though Schremp was bumped up when Doug Weight left midway through practice with what was termed back tightness.

The D pairs were Eaton-Martinek, Mottau-Wisniewski and Gervais-Reese, with Jack Hillen still out with an undisclosed injury.

Capuano also said he'll be keeping assistant coaches Dean Chynoweth and Scott Allen in the same roles they had with Gordon, with Chynoweth responsible for the penalty kill units.

"They have those same responsibilities. I'm going to focus more on five-on-five and a bit on the power play," Capuano said.


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