Rangers backup goaltender Ondrej Pavelec was diagnosed with a sprained MCL and will be out for two-to-three weeks, according to the team.

Pavelec started Friday's game against Calgary but left after the first period with the knee injury. He underwent an MRI Saturday.

Alexandar Georgiev was called up Saturday from AHL Hartford to serve as the team's No. 2 goalie behind Henrik Lundqvist. In his last nine games with Hartford, the 22-year-old has gone 8-0-1 with a 1.76 goals against average, .948 save percentage and two shutouts. In 31 appearances he has a 2.97 GAA and .908 save percentage.

Pavelec, who made 379 appearances over 10 seasons with the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise against which the Rangers play Sunday afternoon, is 4-7-1 with a 3.01 GAA and .910 save percentage in 16 games (10 starts) with the Rangers.