Leighton to make season debut

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LOS ANGELES -- Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton will make his season debut on Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings.

Philadelphia head coach Peter Laviolette confirmed earlier on Thursday that Leighton will be playing for the first time since the loss in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Chicago on June 9.

Leighton had back surgery in October that saw him miss play up till this point.

Last season, Leighton went 16-5-2 with a shutout and a 2.48 goals against average over 27 games after being acquired by the Flyers. He went on to guide the team to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1997 and posted an 8-3 mark with a 2.46 GAA in the playoffs.


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