Leighton gets call; Emery fine, GM says

   Goalie Michael Leighton (remember him?) will get the start for the Flyers Wednesday night in Edmonton.

   Coach Peter Laviolette wrestled with the decision for most of the day before finally deciding to give Leighton his first start since Jan. 14.

   Ray Emery, coming off a 3-0 win in Calgary Monday, had started the last eight games since returning from an abdominal injury. Emery had a 2.17 GAA in that span, and it was 1.75 if you take away his first game back, a 5-3 loss in Washington.

   Ninety minutes before Wednesday's game, general manager Paul Holmgren refuted a CSN report that Emery had a groin injury.

   Asked if Emery was injured, Holmgren said, "Absolutely not. He's fine."

   Leighton rescued the Flyers' season in Emery's absence. He made 11 straight starts and was 8-1-1 with one no-decision. During that span, he had a 2.34 GAA and a .923 save percentage.

   The Flyers on Wednesday will face an Edmonton team that is coming off just its second win in the last 22 games.

   Brian Boucher will serve as Leighton's backup Wednesday.