VANCOUVER -- Canucks forward Manny Malhotra did not take the ice for warmups and is officially out for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. Malhotra, who has not played since getting hit in the eye with a puck against the Avalanche on March 16, did not practice on Tuesday with the team due to an eye appointment. He had skated in previous days after being cleared for contact on Saturday. 

The third-line center had 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points in the regular season. 

VANCOUVER -- Speaking at the team's hotel Wednesday, Bruins coach Claude Julien said his team has done all the preparation necessary for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals vs. the Canucks. 

The Bruins blanked the Lightning, 1-0, in a conference-clinching Game 7 victory last Friday that figures to be memorable for the team's nearly flawless and disciplined execution. Julien hopes the B's can play the same way against Vancouver.

OK, WEEI.com readers, let's see if you can continue your success predicing the Bruins' results in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Last week, you correctly predicted the Bruins would beat the Lightning in regulation in a close game in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Hall of Fame defenseman Brian Leetch joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday morning to talk about the Stanley Cup finals, which begins Wednesday night in Vancouver.

Leetch, who grew up in Connecticut and played collegiately at Boston College, was asked about the Bruins being underdogs in this series.

VANCOUVER – Mark Recchi is ready to walk away from a Hall of Fame playing career if the Bruins defeat the Canucks and win the Stanley Cup. This means there’s a pretty good chance that the 43-year-old could have between four and seven games left before he retires from the game.



VANCOUVER -- Bruins president Cam Neely was among those to speak at the Stanley Cup finals' media day on Tuesday, and the 45-year-old reflected on his time as a player for both the Canucks and Bruins, as well as his excitement to see his team chase a trophy he never won in the area in which he grew up.

"I got to Maple Ridge in 1976 and became a huge Canuck fan," Neely recalled. "... Unfortunately it didn't work out well for me here, and things worked well in Boston.  

NESN Bruins analyst Gord Kluzak talked to the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning with the Stanley Cup finals set to start Wednesday evening. The former B's defenseman began his talk about the differences between the two sides, with the highlight among those differences regarding of course penalties and power plays. 

VANCOUVER – Casual hockey fans that would tune into playoff games did not know who Nathan Horton was until this year. Now, they know him well. 



VANCOUVER -- The Canucks haven't seem game action since eliminating the Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. In an attempt to stay sharp during their eight-day layoff before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Bruins, the team scrimmaged before working on special teams in a practice that featured two sessions and lasted an hour and 15 minutes. 

Coach Alain Vigneault noted that it was the second time since the conference finals concluded that he has had his team scrimmage.

Bruins coach Claude Julien admitted Monday to one of the long-standing traditions of NHL coaches and players who compete in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Julien said he has avoided coming in direct contact with the oldest trophy in North American professional sports and will keep from having his picture taken with it until he's earned that privilege by winning it.