There’s been no official confirmation in either direction on Manny Malhotra’s status for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, but given the evidence we do have on him, we can safely assume that he’s not going to be on the ice come 8 p.m. ET time for the Vancouver Canucks.
Head coach Alain Vigneault said that he’s still listed as day-to-day.
For the second day in a row, Malhotra didn’t practice in the morning at Rogers Arena. He was cleared to take contact late last week by team doctors and it seemed as though he was going to be ready for Game 1 as recently as the weekend, but he didn’t skate on Tuesday or Wednesday, eliminating those chances.
He’s been out of the Canucks lineup since mid-March, when he took a puck off the face in a game against Colorado. After two surgeries, there were questions on whether he’d ever return to the NHL, let alone this season. If he does play later in the series, it could be considered miraculous.
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