PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ray Emery will undergo abdominal surgery and miss the next six weeks, team officials said Tuesday.
Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren said Emery's operation, to repair a torn muscle in his lower abdominal wall, will be performed Wednesday by groin specialist Dr. William Meyers, NHL.com reported.
"It's no fun being around here right now for any of us," Holmgren said. "The players certainly want to get out of this sooner rather than later. The one good thing about our sport, especially now, is we have a game every other day so there's always something to look forward to and try to work to win the game tonight."
Emery had posted an 11-8-1 record with a 2.83 goals-against average and .901 save percentage so far this year, but hasn't won since Nov. 16.
Holmgren told NHL.com it's unknown exactly when the injury happened, but suspected it was in mid-November.
The Flyers said rookie Johan Backlund was called up from the Adirondack Phantoms to back up new No. 1 goalie Brian Boucher.