Leighton was recalled on an emergency basis after goaltender Eddie Lack suffered a concussion at practice on Monday.
The 15-year veteran signed as a free agent with the Hurricanes on Sept. 7, 2016, his second tour of duty with the organization.
The 35-year old ranks fourth among AHL goaltenders this season with a 1.66 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage.
He also ranks tied for seventh in the AHL with six wins, and has posted a 6-2-1 record in 10 appearances this season.
Chicago’s sixth round (165th overall) pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Leighton has compiled a 35-41-4 record, a 2.96 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage in 106 career NHL regular-season games with Chicago, Nashville, Philadelphia and Carolina.