VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canucks center Manny Malhotra has practiced for the second straight day and been upgraded to a game-time decision for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Malhotra said that he will decide shortly before Saturday night’s game against the Boston Bruins whether he’s ready to return from a career-threatening eye injury. He was hit by a deflected shot during a March 16 game.
The center was cleared for contact May 27 and practiced for three days before missing Tuesday through Thursday, leading to speculation he’d had a setback. He returned to the ice Friday and was day to day before indicating after Saturday morning’s skate he felt good enough to play.
Defenseman Dan Hamhuis is day to day, having been off the ice since getting hurt in the Canucks’ 1-0 victory Wednesday.