The Blueshirts will be without their main backup goaltender for a while. Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers will be without their backup goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who sprained his MCL and will be out for two to three weeks, according to Justin Tasch of the Daily News. The injury happened during Friday’s game against the Calgary Flames when the 30-year-old goaltender was forced to leave during the first period of the game.

The injury is just another one of many for the Rangers, who have been decimated by them. The team already is without winger Chris Kreider (rib resection), defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (meniscus surgery), Pavel Buchnevich (concussion), Marc Staal (cervical strain). Defenseman Ryan McDonagh is also out with an upper-body injury. Winger Jimmy Vesey has also missed some time, but is expected to play today.

Pavelec has struggled at times with the Rangers as he has a 3.01 GAA in 16 appearances and a .910 save percentage. He did, however, have a dominant streak between Oct. 26 and Jan. 7 in which he had a 2.27 GAA and a .937 save percentage. The recalled Alexander Georgiev from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL Saturday. The 22-year-old has been hot recently there with an 8-0-1 record and a 1.76 GAA in his last nine starts.

QUIZ: Name every player in New York Rangers history in the Hockey Hall of Fame

49 players in New York Rangers history are in the Hockey Hall of Fame. How many of these honored NHL greats can you name?

Clue: Position/Years Active

Note: * denotes a non-consecutive streak of play with the team

Score:
0/49
Time:
12:00
RW, 1994
Glenn Anderson
RW, 1952–63
Andy Bathgate
LW, 1953–54
Doug Bentley
C, 1953–54
Max Bentley
C, 1926–44
Frank Boucher
G, 1953–54
Johnny Bower
RW, 2002–03
Pavel Bure
C, 1936–49
Neil Colville
RW, 1926–37
Bill Cook
LW, 1926–36
Bun Cook
D, 1935–42
Art Coulter
C, 1986–89
Marcel Dionne
LW, 1964–65
Dick Duff
C, 1975–81
Phil Esposito
D, 1954–61
Bill Gadsby
RW, 1990–94
Mike Gartner
RW, 1966–68
Bernie Geoffrion
G, 1965–75
Eddie Giacomin
RW, 1960–78
Rod Gilbert
C, 1996–99
Wayne Gretzky
D, 1961–64*
Doug Harvey
RW, 1936–48
Bryan Hextall
D, 1970–71
Tim Horton
D, 1952–69
Harry Howell
D, 1926–37
Ching Johnson
LW, 1996
Jari Kurri
RW, 1988–89
Guy Lafleur
C, 1997–98
Pat LaFontaine
C, 1945–55
Edgar Laprade
D, 1987–04
Brian Leetch
C, 2001-04
Eric Lindros
G, 1943
Harry Lumley
C, 1991–04*
Mark Messier
C, 1935–36
Howie Morenz
C, 1947–51
Buddy O'Connor
D, 1968–75
Brad Park
LW, 1934–43
Lynn Patrick
G, 1963–65
Jacques Plante
D, 1936–42
Babe Pratt
LW, 1960–75
Jean Ratelle
G, 1945–55
Chuck Rayner
LW, 1995–97
Luc Robitaille
G, 1969–70
Terry Sawchuk
D, 1931–36
Earl Seibert
LW, 2006–08
Brendan Shanahan
LW, 1932–35
Babe Siebert
D, 1948–54
Allan Stanley
C, 1937–43
Clint Smith
G, 1952–63
Gump Worsley
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