The Penguins' lineup for their game against the New York Islanders tonight at Nassau Coliseum hasn't been announced yet, and probably won't be for a while, but indications are that rookie defenseman Simon Despres might be replaced by Ben Lovejoy.
Despres had a rough afternoon during the Penguins' victory in Washington Sunday, but previously had been progressing nicely since being put on a pairing with Kris Letang.
He had a particularly strong showing during the Penguins' 3-0 victory at Madison Square Garden last Thursday.
Assuming this isn't a matter of injury or illness -- Despres was well enough to take part in an optional game-day skate today -- it seems like a case of tough love by coach Dan Bylsma, sitting a player to make the point that mistakes like shooting the puck over the glass will not be tolerated.
Young players are going to make mistakes, though, and conditioning a talented one to believe that his ice time could be in jeopardy anytime he commits one is a good way to stifle that player's development.
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