With Dan Hamhuis skating on his own, the second step in the protocol regarding concussions, Mike Gillis hopes the defenceman will be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs, if not Saturday's final regular-season game.

"Dan Hamhuis is doing very well," the Canucks general manager said on Wednesday during an NHL teleconference. "As you know, when you have concussion situations it's day-to-day and there's always an opportunity for things to change, but so far he's doing very well.

"We hope to see him back for a game before the playoffs begin."

Alex Edler is expected to play tonight, after missing 31 games following back surgery.

The final regular-season game is on Saturday at Calgary. Playoffs won't begin for another few days after that.