In practice Tuesday morning, Josh Bailey was dropped to the fourth line, splitting reps with center Zenon Konopka in between Matt Matin and Trevor Gillies.
Was that a message sent to the 21-year-old forward in wake of the team's 13-game winless streak, interim head coach Jack Capuano replied:
"It might be."
Since a hot start to the season, Bailey has dropped off significantly. The former first-round pick has been held off the scoresheet for 13 games, coinciding with the team's recent slump.
When asked if Bailey could benefit from watching a game from the press box, Capuano did not rule out scratching him for tomorrow's game against Columbus.
"We haven't made a decision yet."
Capuano, who hinted after Saturday's game that personnel changes may follow after a disappointing effort, said he's like to see Bailey be "stronger on the puck" and make "harder plays."
" I think Josh is going through a little bit of a tough time confidence--wise right now. But it's our job as a staff to, one way or another, get him out of that."
Bailey was scratched one game last year--in Carolina November 13--and responded with some of his strongest play of the season. Less than a week later, he went on a three-game goal streak.