NEW YORK (AP) -Rangers backup goalie Kevin Weekes was placed on the injured list Wednesday because of a muscle strain in his leg sustained a day earlier in practice.
The injury occurred at Weekes' most inactive time of the season. He hasn't played since Jan. 11 and appeared in only two games since losing three straight between Dec. 17-21 while filling in for starter Henrik Lundqvist.
Lundqvist has started in a career-high 11 straight games and seen action in 20 consecutive contests. He has given up only 20 goals in that span and posted a mark of 9-10-1. He is expected to start again Thursday at Carolina.
Weekes, 31, strained a quadriceps muscle Tuesday and needed help getting off the ice. It is unclear how long he will be sidelined. He is 4-6-2 in 14 games this season, with a 3.39 goals-against average and an .879 save percentage.
New York recalled goalie Stephen Valiquette from Hartford of the AHL on Wednesday. Valiquette went 17-12 with a 2.34 GAA and a .909 save percentage in 30 games with Hartford. He won seven times in his past 10 games.