Jiri Tlusty won’t be able to suit up for the Carolina Hurricanes for two or three weeks following an appendectomy. According to The Associated Press report, the 25-year-old forward underwent an emergency procedure on Tuesday. No further details were given, except the approximate timeline for his return.
Tlusty out after appendectomy.
— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) December 27, 2013
Tlusty had a breakout season with the Hurricanes last season, scoring 23 times across 48 games while skating on one of the NHL’s best lines with Eric Staal and Alexander Semin. He’s struggled to match that output this year though, and has only scored six times in 37 contests while Carolina tries to figure out how to reignite him.
In response to the injury, Carolina recalled Zach Boychuk from the Charlotte Checkers. This will be Boychuk’s second recall of the season. Through one game played in the NHL this season, the former 14th-overall draft pick has a single assist. In 86 career games, he has scored 8 goals while tacking on 13 assists.
The Hurricanes are trying to snap a three-game losing streak, and are looking to come out of the gates flying following the NHL’s holiday break. Carolina is a disappointing 14-15-8 and is sitting in seventh in the Metropolitan Division.