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Sep 26, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) looks to make a save during the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Sep 26, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) looks to make a save during the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

Alain Vigneault said that he really liked Ondrej Pavelec's work ethic in training camp and noted that he is spending a lot of time on the ice early with Benoit Allaire working on different aspects of his game.

Vigneault said that Pavelec improved through training camp and has proven in the past that he can be a "real good goaltender," adding that he is "confident he will do that with us again this year."

Alain Vigneault said earlier in training camp that he felt the Rangers were getting Pavelec at the right time in his career.

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Oct 14, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 14, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

2:38PM: Pavelec spoke after practice today and said "every game is helping me, the schedule is pretty tight and it's lots of games. I am happy for every start and go from there."(NYR)

1:11PM: Ondrej Pavelec starts tomorrow night in Montreal against the Canadiens. (NYR)

Pavelec will play in his second straight game after stopping 27 of 29 shots against the Coyotes last night.

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Sep 26, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) looks to make a save during the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Sep 26, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) looks to make a save during the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

Alain Vigneault announced that Ondrej Pavelec will start on Thursday against the Coyotes.

Pavelec has started one game this season, appeared in two, and is 0-2-0 this season, with a save percentage of .860 and a GAA of 3.75.

Pavelec started on 10/14 against the Devils, losing 3-2 and stopping 16 of 19 shots.

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Sep 26, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) looks to make a save during the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Sep 26, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) looks to make a save during the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

Alain Vigneault announced that Ondrej Pavelec will make his Rangers debut in goal on Sunday against Montreal. (Zipay, Cyrgalis)

Pavelec spoke on Saturday in Toronto and said (NYR):

  • Are you looking forward to maybe playing on Sunday, "absolutely. You never know what is going to happen but just looking forward to getting the first game and going from there. It's back to back games but we focus on tonight, our goal is two points tonight. For me, every time they tell me to play I will play. If it's tomorrow it would be great."
  • "It's going to be something special for sure. I played a few exhibition games. We will see how it goes and how I feel, especially against Montreal, a rival, it will be exciting. It's always fun to play at MSG, especially if it's Montreal, it's going to be exciting."
  • On his relationship with Benoit Allaire, "I've been in NY over a month and it has been good so far. You can tell that he has been in the league for a while and coached a lot of good goalies. He's got a lot of experience and it's been fun, fun for me and it's new for me, new team, new coaches, new goalie coach. I enjoy it and hopefully I get better every day."
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Feb 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Ondrej Pavelec will play for the Rangers tonight in their preseason opener against the Islanders.

Pavelec spoke yesterday and said that it has been "great" working with Benoit Allaire for close for two weeks and that Allaire "knows what he is doing." (NYR)

He said that he hasn't been told he will play a set number of games but said that even if it's 10-15-20 or more he jut wants to be "ready" when he has the chance to play. (NYR)

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Rangers backup goalie Ondrej Pavelec's agent Allan Walsh has tweeted out a video of Pavelec's Rangers centric mask for this season.

Click below to see the mask.

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Feb 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Ondrej Pavelec said that he didn't expect to sign a contract with a new team until the middle of July and was surprised that he ended up with the Rangers on the first day of free agency. (ISport)

He said that the two sides didn't have "major discussions" and that it was "two calls and it was done." (ISport)

Pavelec said that he was giving himself until July 15th to sign with a team or he was going to think about playing in Europe, he had an offer from the KHL, or possibly retiring all together. (ISport)

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Feb 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Henrik Lundqvist says that he has played against new backup goalie Ondrej Pavelec many times in his career and that Pavelec as experience both as a starter and back up. (HockeySverige)

Lundqvist said that every time he plays with a new a goalie there are things he learns about training and preparation.

He said that the most "important thing" is that they develop a good relationship early on because they will spend a lot of time together and with goalie coach Benoit Allaire.

Pavelec has appeared in 11 games against Lundqvist in his career, stopping 92% of the shots, allowing 2.1 goals per game and pitching two shutouts with a record of 5-4-1. (Hockey Ref)

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