Flyers goalie Ray Emery will miss approximately six weeks of action because he is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday to repair a torn muscle in his lower abdominal wall, according to the Flyers.
Dr. William Meyers, from Hahnemann University Hospital, will be performing the surgery.
Emery, 27, has an 11-8-1 record with a 2.83 goals-against average and .901 save percentage, including one shutout, in 21 games this season.
The Flyers lost five straight games going into tonight's contest with the Islanders at Wachovia Center. Emery had a 5.31 GAA in his last five starts.
The Flyers recalled goalie Johan Backlund from Adirondack to backup Brian Boucher.
Backlund, 28, has a 6-8-0 record, with a 2.81 GAA, .903 save percentage and two shutouts in 15 appearances with Adirondack this season.
The Flyers also recalled forward David Laliberte from Adirondack. Laliberte, 23, has two goals and three points in eight contests with the Flyers this season.
With the Phantoms, Laliberte has four goals and eight assists for 12 points and 10 penalty minutes in 17 games. His 12 points are tied for second on the team in scoring and his eight assists rank third on the Phantoms.