VANCOUVER — The Canucks held a brief, fast-paced practice today the University of British Columbia with Manny Malhotra in tow and Dan Hamhuis missing.
Both players remain day-to-day, according to Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault, and their availability for tomorrow night’s Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is up in the air.
Malhotra, who’s attempting to return from a serious eye injury he suffered in March, had been off the ice the last couple days after practicing regularly for a few weeks.
“I wish I could put it into a percentage for you,” Malhotra 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.”
Hamhuis was injured in the second period of Wednesday night’s Game 1. He did not return to the game and hasn’t practiced since.
Former Bruins defenseman Andrew Alberts looked like a prime candidate to replace Hamhuis in the lineup because the former Boston College standout skated line drills alongside lineup regular Christian Ehrhoff.
“No matter who I play it’d be a great feat,” said Alberts, who has been a healthy scratch since playing in the third game of Vancouver’s second-round series with Nashville. “I’ve still got some buddies over there, so it’d be fun playing against them. But it’s a different make-up from when I was there, so it’s a little different attitude and identity. So it’s a different team.”