Lightning's Dotchin sits for preseason after breaking team rule

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Do the crime, do the time.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin has been held out of the team's preseason action after violating an in-house rule, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

While Smith did not indicate the nature of Dotchin's rule-breaking, he added that the decision will not have an impact on the blue-liner's roster spot.

Dotchin made his NHL debut with the Lightning last season, registering 11 points in 35 games. The 23-year-old is expected to fill a role among Tampa Bay's top six defensemen this year.

The Lightning have played four exhibition contests thus far, posting a 2-2-0 record.

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