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Semin practiced as a member of the Hurricanes' top line Thursday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

He'll seemingly get the first crack at replacing Jiri Tlusty, who was dealt to the Jets on Wednesday. With only 14 points and a minus-8 rating over 35 games, Semin has been a massive bust this season, but has shown signs of life of late. He submitted arguably his best game of the season Tuesday against the Flyers, picking up two assists and leading the Hurricanes with seven shot attempts.

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Semin fired a game-high seven shots on goal and tallied two assists -- accompanied by two PIM and a plus-1 rating -- in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Philadelphia.

After going without a shot on goal in four consecutive games, it's nice to see Semin tally up nine shots (and three assists) over the last two contests. Perhaps he's trying to strut his stuff in the interest of escaping Carolina via trade.

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Semin will play Friday against the Maple Leafs.Semin spent the Hurricanes' previous two games in the press box as a healthy scratch. The winger has contributed a little bit more since his return from an upper-body injury in January, but he's still been a huge disappointment in his second season in Carolina. He's provided a measly two goals and 11 points in 32 games.

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Semin has two points in four games since returning from a four-game stint as a healthy scratch. "He's bought in, he's worked hard recently in practice," coach Bill Peters said Wednesday. "He's been good in the games. He's been competitive. He's played with more pace and he's made play. He's playing as good as he has all year."It's nice to see Semin putting up points on the board once again, but he likely feels he has something to prove after being in the coach's doghouse; one wonders how long it will take for the usual complacency we're used to seeing from him creep back in. In any event, for those fantasy owners who rely on him, you may as well put him in your lineups as long as he's producing -- it may not last. For now, he continues to skate on the Canes' third line with Andrej Nestrasil and Nathan Gerbe, averaging roughly 16 minutes of ice time, including 1:40 on the second power play unit.

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Semin is expected to rejoin the Hurricanes lineup Saturday against the Rangers, Chantel McCabe of FOX Sports Carolinas reports.

Coach Bill Peters reiterated after Friday's game against the Blues that he intended to get all of his healthy scratches back into the lineup for the second half of the team's back-to-back. Semin hasn't endeared himself to the coaching staff nor fantasy owners this season, registering only eight points in 26 games -- a hideous output for a player making $7 million annually.

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Semin will be scratched for a third straight game Tuesday against the Lightning, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Coach Bill Peters has grown tired of Semin's poor physical condition, which has resulted in horrendous numbers for the $7-million-a-year player. He's been scratched in nine of the past 13 contests and looks like he could be at risk of getting waived.

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Semin picked up an assist Saturday and now has a helper in each of his last two games.

Shhhhh ... don't say it out loud for fear you jinx him. He's getting ice time and he seems to like skating with Jeff Skinner. And both men have put up points in that situation. OK, superstitions aside -- fingers crossed this is the start of something, no ANYTHING, from this dud.

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Semin (upper body) will play Thursday against the Sabres.

Semin is set to resume playing after missing the last seven games. He will skate on the Hurricanes' third line opposite Jeff Skinner and next to Riley Nash.

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Semin (upper body) is on track to return to action Thursday, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' website reports.

Semin took part in Thursday's morning skate, which gives him a chance to play Thursday night for the first time since Dec. 21. Expect Carolina to make an announcement regarding his status prior to game time.

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Semin (upper body) will not return to the lineup Friday versus the Flyers, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Coach Bill Peters said that while Semin has been able to resume skating with the team over the last few days, he still needs to get back to full speed before becoming a lineup option. Expect the Hurricanes to revisit his condition at Saturday's practice before determining if he'll be good to for Sunday's tilt with the Bruins.