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Tlusty (upper body) resumed skating Saturday morning.

While it was good to see Tlusty back out on the ice, it doesn't look as though he'll be a lineup option for the Hurricanes on Saturday. With another day of practice, Tlusty could be ready to play when the team returns home Monday for a tilt with the Hurricanes.

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Tlusty (upper body) will not play Thursday against the Maple Leafs.

Tlusty appeared on the cusp of returning to action after he took part in pregame warmups Saturday, but he ended up being scratched for that game against the Flyers and hasn't been seen on the ice since. He'll sit out for the third straight game Thursday.

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Tlusty (undisclosed) didn't travel with the team to Montreal for Tuesday's game, Chip Alexander of the Charlotte News & Observer reports.

Tlusty remained off the ice at Monday's practice due to the injury, which was enough for the Hurricanes to rule him out for a second straight contest. Justin Shugg has since been recalled from AHL Charlotte to help the Hurricanes fill out a lineup spot while Tlusty remains unavailable.

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Though he took part in pregame warmups, Tlusty (undisclosed) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Flyers.

Tlusty didn't seem to be visibly limited while taking part in line rushes with his mates, but evidently, the Hurricanes weren't ready to sign off on his return to the lineup. The fact that he was so close to playing suggests a multi-game absence might not necessarily be in store, but it looks like Jay Harrison will replace him in the lineup for at least one game, as the Hurricanes go with seven defensemen and 11 forwards.

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Tlusty (undisclosed) was on the ice for pregame warmups and looks ready to go for Saturday's game against the Flyers.

After he was held out of practice Friday, the Hurricanes labeled Tlusty as a game-time decision for Saturday, but he seems to have erased any doubt about his availability by taking part in the pregame proceedings. Barring an unforeseen late scratch, Tlusty is slated to skate on the top line next to Eric Staal and Zach Boychuk.

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Tlusty (undisclosed) is questionable to play Saturday against the Flyers.

Tlusty must have obtained an injury in Thursday's loss to the Lightning, as he wasn't present for Friday's practice. It doesn't look like it was simply for maintenance purposes either, as coach Bill Peters acknowledged after the session that the team would go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen for Saturday's lineup if Tlusty can't go. Because the game has a 1:00 p.m. ET start time, the Hurricanes likely won't hold a morning skate, which might prevent Tlusty's status from being available until pregame warmups.

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Tlusty was held off the scoresheet for the fifth consecutive game Monday against the Devils. However, he did see 20:14 in ice time - including over three minutes on the power play - playing on the second line with Victor Rask and rookie Andrej Nestrasil.

Even though Tlusty is no longer skating with Eric Staal on the Canes' top line, he is still seeing three minutes more in ice time per game compared to last season (18:10 vs. 15:10). Despite his current cold streak, he is still on pace for roughly 40 points this season, which would represent a career high for him. Tlusty's point production usually comes in bunches, so if you're in a deep league and can stomach the extended power outages, keep him rolling. Your patience should be rewarded by the end of the season.

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Tlusty recorded two goals and an assist during Friday's 4-2 win over the Penguins.

Tlusty came into the game stone cold, with just two points in his previous 12 games, but found some jump to his game and paced his team to surprise win over the heavily favored Pens. Fantasy owners will want to see more of this type of effort on a regular basis from Tlusty, but it's a step in the right direction.

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Tlusty was held off the scoreboard for the third straight game during Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the Panthers. He recorded just a single shot on goal and saw just 15:53 worth of ice time.

Tlusty's season got off to a great start with a hat trick in his second game back on Oct. 11, but he's been mostly quiet since then, with just six points in his last 19 games. For now, Tlusty continues to spend most of his time on the top line with Eric Staal and Alexander Semin, however we wouldn't be surprised if he was shifted to a lower line at some point, or sat out as a healthy scratch. Overall, his value as a reliable fantasy option is in rapid decline - avoid using him if you can.

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Tlusty tallied the Hurricanes' lone goal in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Bruins.

Tlusty put Carolina on the board first when he tipped a Justin Faulk shot attempt past goalie Tuukka Rask for his seventh marker of the season. It was just the winger's second point in the month of November, spanning a total of eight games.