Ray Emery Will Miss Six Weeks With Abdominal Injury

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IDecember 8, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 14:  Ray Emery #29 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the Buffalo Sabres on November 14, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA—The Flyers announced that goalie Ray Emery will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair an abdominal injury, and has been placed on injured reserve.

Emery, 27, has been short with the media in the last couple of weeks during the Flyers free fall in the Eastern Conference standings, and his plays have had many fans speculating whether Razor has been playing through injury.

In 21 appearances in between the pipes in his first season with the Orange ‘n Black, Emery has posted a 11-8-1 record with a 2.83 goals against average and .901 save percentage; however in his last five games, he has allowed 21 pucks to get past him.

Brian Boucher will take over as the Flyers starting goalie starting tonight against the New York Islanders. Johan Backlund has been recalled from Adirondack to back-up Boucher.

Boucher has played in eight games this season, compiling a 2-5 record with a 2.60 GAA and .902 save percentage.

Laliberte recalled, to play against Islanders

Along with bringing up Backlund, the Flyers have also summoned David Laliberte from the Phantoms to replace Riley Cote in the lineup while Daniel Carcillo serves the remainder of his four game suspension.

Laliberte, 23, has two goals and one assist in eight games with a plus-one rating and six penalty minutes.

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