News: Tlusty returned to practice Thursday, with coach Bill Peters confirming afterward that the forward would be available for Friday's game against the Blues, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Peters acknowledged that while Tlusty isn't quite feeling 100 percent healthy, he's in good enough condition to play through whatever it is that's ailing him. Tlusty, who has tallied 12 goals and seven assists over 40 games, figures to slot in on his usual top-line spot next to the Staal brothers.
News: Khudobin is the likely starter for Friday's game against the Blues, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Khudobin is arguably one of the NHL's hottest netminders right now, having won all of his past six starts. He also owns a GAA of 1.46 over that stretch, along with a save percentage of .945. That said, the Canes are not one of the league's strongest teams offensively, so Khudobin's hot streak is likely to come to an end anytime now. Enjoy the ride while it lasts.