VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Vancouver Canucks forward Manny Malholtra reiterated on Friday after Canucks practice that he is cleared to play but will be a game-time decision for Saturday’s Game 2. General manager Mike Gillis termed Malholtra -- who has been out for three months with an eye injury -- “questionable”.
“As of today, yes,” Malholtra said when asked if he was cleared to play. “I'm sorry, I don't want to sound redundant. It's going to be a day-to-day process. Yeah, today I was cleared for contact, was able to participate in full practice.”
When pressed on the chances of him being in the lineup tomorrow, Malholtra couldn’t say. Malholtra did skate earlier this week but then took the last three days off.
“I wish I could put it into a percentage for you,” Malholtra said. “Again, it's going to be day to day. I'll see how I feel after our morning skate and we'll make a decision at that point. As I said on Saturday, it's a day-to-day situation. From one day to the next, things have changed. Didn't feel proper to go on the ice. So I took a couple days off.”
Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis was not present for Canucks practice Friday and was termed "day-to-day" by Vigneault. Hamhuis suffered an undisclosed injury when he hip-checked Milan Lucic in the second period of Game 1. Former Bruins defenseman Andrew Alberts was skating with Christian Ehrhoff at practice and could see action in Game 2.