Alain Vigneault said on Thursday that with the Rangers having a stretch of 6 games in nine nights starting next week, Ondrej Pavelec will "get a chance to play."
Vigneault added that when Pavelec plays "he has to win us some games and make a difference and make key saves at the right time. He is aware of it and will get a chance to play here moving forward."
Vigneault said that he wasn't sure exactly when Pavelec would play but the Rangers have two straight weekends with back to back games starting next Friday against Washington.
Pavelec said a few weeks ago that he knows his role on the team and knew it when he signed with the Rangers. (NYR)
He added, "you have to stay strong and practice even harder and stay in game shape and whenever they tell you to play you have to be ready. It's not easy but it is what it is." (NYR)
Pavelec also praised Benoit Allaire and said that working with him has been a "great experience."
He has three starts this season, six appearances and a record of 1-4 with a GAA of 3.56 and a save percentage of .889.
On Tuesday against the Panthers, Pavelec stopped 19 of 21 shots in more than 42:22 of ice time.