Back surgery will keep Leighton out 6-8 weeks

Michael Leighton will be out 6-8 weeks after having back surgery. (Adrien Veczan//AP)

UPDATE: Flyers goalie Michael Leighton will have back surgery and miss six to eight weeks, the club announced on Friday.

Rookie Sergei "Bob" Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher will handle the goaltending load.

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Chris Pronger (knee) and Claude Giroux (ankle) are skating at Friday's practice in suburban St. Louis as the Flyers prepare for Saturday's 8 p.m. game against the host Blues.

   Giroux, who scored a picturesque shorthanded goal in Thursday's 3-2 win in Pittsburgh, looks close to 100 percent. I'll get an update on Pronger's condition _ he is skating strong _ after practice.

   Goalie Sergei "Bob" Bobrovsky is expected to get the start Saturday. (Then again, veteran Brian Boucher was expected to start Thursday.) The 22-year-old rookie made 29 saves, including 15 in a sensational first period, to spark Thursday's win. "Bob" was also helped by four shots that hit the post.

  Lost amid the Bobrovsky heroics Thursday was the standout play of the Flyers' rebuilt defense, one that was missing its anchor, Pronger.