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Tlusty registered a point for the second consecutive game Tuesday against the Lightning. His third-period goal iced the game and gave the Hurricanes a 4-2 win.

With 19 points in 40 games, Tlusty is still on track to hit the 30-point mark for the fourth consecutive season. He continues to see decent minutes on the Canes' top line alongside the Staal brother - Eric and Jordan - and provides good fantasy value in medium to deeper formats.

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Tlusty snapped a three-game scoreless skid with a power-play goal, an assist and a plus-1 rating Thursday against Buffalo. He rounded out his stat line with a pair of penalty minutes.

These explosive efforts have come every so often from Tlusty, but it's been difficult to predict just when. He's just barely on a better scoring pace than last year's, so despite his plentiful abilities on the offensive end, it appears doubtful that this is the year Tlusty cracks 40 points.

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Tlusty (upper body) returned to the lineup Monday against Montreal, assisting on a power play goal by Eric Staal in the third period. He saw ice time of 14:44 with four shots on goal and two hits.

Following a seven-game absence, Tlusty spent most of the game on the Canes' third line with Victor Rask and Chris Terry. With Jordan Staal (leg) also back in the lineup, this provides some interesting line combinations for head coach Bill Peters, so Tlusty could find himself back in a top-six role in the next few games. Keep him active and monitor closely.

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Tlusty (upper body) is expected to return to the lineup Monday against the Canadiens, Michael Smith of the Canes' official site reports.

Tlusty resumed skating Saturday morning, opening the doors for his return to the lineup Monday. Through 28 games this season, he has scored ten goals and assisted on three more, but has a minus-11 rating. However, his return would definitely provide an upgrade in the forward ranks.

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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.