Via Ben Kuzma of The Vancouver Province, Canucks foward Manny Malhotra will not play in Wednesday's Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins as he continues to recover from an eye injury.
#Canucks management confirms Malhotra (eye) won't play in Stanley Cup final opener. Fourth line is Bolduc between Tambellini and Oreskovich.
Malhotra has not played since March 16, when an errant puck hit him in the left eye in a game against the Colorado Avalanche. The 31-year-old underwent two surgeries on the eye and still has one more to go this offseason. Last weekend, Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault cleared Malhotra to play, but he is apparently still not ready to return. Malhotra did not skate with his teammates Wednesday and is listed as "day-to-day."
Before being injured, Malhotra had 11 goals and 19 assists in 72 games this season and led all Canucks centers with a 61.9 percent success rate in the faceoff circle. Despite a highly-skilled roster, the Canucks sorely miss Malhotra, who compliments the finesse of players like Henrik and Daniel Sedin with a gritty tenacity that helps on the checking line and the penalty kill.