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Michael Leighton | Goalie | #32

Team: Carolina Hurricanes
Age / DOB:  (35) / 5/19/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 186
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 6 (165) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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Michael Leighton might start Saturday against Columbus, according to coach Bill Peters.
However, he said that a decision has not been made yet. Cam Ward has started 21 consecutive games and he surrendered seven goals on 41 shots to Pittsburgh Friday night. Jan 21 - 8:45 AM

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Michael Leighton has been recalled by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Leighton spent a few days in the minors. He's been serving primarily as the Hurricanes' backup goaltender, but that role hasn't led to him getting much ice time so the occasional brief stint in the AHL to play is to be expected.
Jan 19 - 3:57 PM

Michael Leighton has been reassigned to AHL Charlotte.

Leighton has been serving as the Hurricanes' backup goaltender, but he's only actually appeared in three games. Sending Leighton to the minors is a way to get him some ice time to keep him sharp and with that in mind, Leighton might be recalled in the near future.
Jan 17 - 4:26 AM

Michael Leighton has been summoned by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Leighton has a 3.53 GAA and .875 save percentage in three games with Carolina. He also has a 2.17 GAA and .923 save percentage in 16 AHL contests.
Jan 4 - 12:11 PM

Michael Leighton has been assigned to the minors.

He has appeared in three games with the Hurricanes this season, while posting a 2-1-0 record with a 3.53 goals-against average and an .875 save percentage. Leighton will return to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL, where he has excelled this campaign.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 04:52:00 PM

Michael Leighton was sent home after reporting to the Hurricanes' practice with an illness.

Leighton might still serve as Carolina's backup Monday night, but that might be a game-time decision. Either way, Cam Ward will be the team's starter.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 12:06:00 PM

Michael Leighton has been called up by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Leighton was sent to the minors so that he could play in an AHL game on Wednesday. With that done, he's back with the Hurricanes to serve as their backup netminder Friday night.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 10:18:00 AM

Michael Leighton has been loaned to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.

He has a 2-1-0 record with a 3.53 goals-against average and an .875 save percentage in three appearances with the Hurricanes this season. Leighton is expected to play Wednesday night versus Manitoba and then rejoin Carolina this week.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 01:54:00 PM

Michael Leighton allowed three goals on 16 shots in Carolina's 8-6 win over Vancouver.

Cam Ward got the start for Carolina, but he was pulled after giving up three goals on 18 shots. When Leighton came into the game, the Canes were already trailing 3-2. By the end of the second period, it was 5-2 for Vancouver. But something crazy happened in the final period, as the Hurricanes scored six goals to complete the comeback. Leighton ended up getting credited with the win. He now has a 2-1-0 record with a 3.53 goals-against-average and an .875 save percentage.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 10:41:00 PM

Michael Leighton's time in the NHL isn't finished just yet.

He was recalled back to the Hurricanes on Saturday, who begin their four-game home stand on Tuesday versus Vancouver. Carolina has just one back-to-back set left this month, on the 22nd in Buffalo and on the 23rd home to Boston.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 12:36:00 PM

Michael Leighton has been sent to the minors.

Leighton has been serving as the Hurricanes' backup goaltender while Eddie Lack recovers from a concussion. Leighton is likely to start for AHL Charlotte Friday night. It's not clear if Lack is ready to rejoin the Hurricanes, so this might be an opportunity for Leighton to get in some work before returning to Carolina or it might be a long-term reassignment.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 10:53:00 AM

Michael Leighton may start Thursday's match against the Kings.

Cam Ward played Wednesday night against Anaheim. Through two games Leighton has seen 56 combined shots and stopped 50 of them while splitting the two decisions. All things considered that's not too shabby. Though you may still wish to find a more favorable match-up.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 08:41:00 PM

Michael Leighton might get another start soon.

The Hurricanes haven't confirmed anything, but they are about to begin a stretch of three road games in the span of just four days. Cam Ward will start on Wednesday against Anaheim, which might set the stage for Leighton to play on Thursday against Los Angeles. He's with the Hurricanes because Eddie Lack is out with a concussion.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 09:17:00 AM

Michael Leighton put forth a valiant effort in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Rangers.

Leighton stopped 19 of 23 shots with just one asked of him while on the kill. The veteran netminder has now stopped 50 of 56 total shots since returning to the ranks of the NHL, which is pretty good by any standard for a backup.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 07:29:00 PM

Michael Leighton will face the Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

After stopping 31 of 33 shots in the win over Florida last week, Leighton gets his second start of the season for Carolina. The Hurricanes have played the Rangers well this season despite splitting the two games, so this could be a sneaky play for anyone in exceptionally deep pools.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 12:35:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Jordan Staal
2Victor Rask
3Teuvo Teravainen
4Derek Ryan
5Jay McClement
LW1Jeff Skinner
2Joakim Nordstrom
3Bryan Bickell
4Brock McGinn
RW1Sebastian Aho
2Elias Lindholm
3Lee Stempniak
4Viktor Stalberg
5Ty Rattie
D1Justin Faulk
2Noah Hanifin
3Jaccob Slavin
4Ron Hainsey
5Brett Pesce
6Ryan Murphy
7Klas Dahlbeck
8Matt Tennyson
G1Cam Ward
2Eddie Lack
3Michael Leighton