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Valtteri Filppula | Center | #51

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/20/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 196
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 3 (95) / DET
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Valtteri Filppula ended a five-game scoring drought on Thursday in a 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.
He earned three assists in the series to give him seven points in 17 games during the postseason. Filppula had a disappointing year offensively in 2015-16 with eight goals and 31 points in 76 games. May 27 - 9:27 AM

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Valtteri Filppula won 11 of his 13 faceoffs in Game 5 versus the Islanders.

He ranks fifth in the playoffs with 110 faceoff wins and he has a 52.6 winning percentage. Filppula contributed one goal and three assists in Round 2 against New York, but he didn't have a point in the last two contests of the series.
May 9 - 10:14 AM

Valtteri Filppula had two assists in Game 3 versus the New York Islanders.

He has produced a goal and three assists over a three-game point streak during Round 2 of the playoffs. Filppula didn't have a point in five matches in the opening round against Detroit. He led Tampa Bay's forward group with 23:18 of ice time on Tuesday night.
May 4 - 10:22 AM

Valtteri Filppula netted his first goal of the playoffs on Wednesday night in Game 1 against the New York Islanders.

He made it a one-goal game with 2:32 left in regulation, but the Islanders sealed the first game of the series with an empty-netter to make it 5-3. Filppula didn't have a point in five games versus Detroit in Round 1 of the postseason.
Apr 28 - 8:13 AM

Valtteri Filppula has been among the top faceoff winners in the postseason.

He has won 55 of his 93 draws for a 59.1 winning percentage. Filppula's 55 wins against the Detroit Red Wings ranks him third overall in the playoffs. He has averaged 20:08 of ice time per game in the series, which tops all Tampa Bay forwards. Unfortunately, he hasn't chipped in any points yet.
Apr 21 - 8:34 AM

Valtteri Filppula (upper body) will return to the fold on Monday night.

He has missed the last six games with an upper-body injury. Based on the morning skate, Filppula will probably play between Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn against Toronto.
Mar 28 - 2:53 PM

Valtteri Filppula will not play Saturday night against Florida.

Although he is practising with his Lightning teammates and is improving daily, Filppula is not ready to return from an upper-body injury that has sidelined him since March 13th. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Mar 26 - 10:13 AM

Valtteri Filppula (upper body) was on the ice with the Lightning Friday morning.

Filppula has been ruled out for Friday's game though and it's unlikely that he'll be able to play on Saturday. He has seven goals and 28 points in 69 contests in 2015-16.
Mar 25 - 12:24 PM

Valtteri Filppula (upper body) won't play Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings.

However, coach Jon Cooper said that Filppula could return for Tampa Bay's back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday. Filppula is a bit ahead of schedule after he was able to take part Saturday's morning skate.
Mar 21 - 10:24 AM

Valtteri Filppula will miss Saturday night's game against Arizona as he is still dealing with an upper-body injury.

Filppula will likely not return to action until next week at the earliest.
Mar 19 - 11:46 AM

Valtteri Filppula (upper body) will not play Tuesday night.

He is probably out for more than a day-to-day basis and he is unlikely to play on Tampa Bay's road trip this week.
Mar 15 - 12:19 PM

Valtteri Filppula suffered an upper-body injury in Sunday's game against the Blue Jackets.

The Lightning have announced that he won't be returning to the game. It's a tough blow for the Lightning, as they're already without center Cedric Paquette.
Mar 13 - 4:59 PM

Valtteri Filppula has no goals and one assist in the past 13 games.

He picked up the helper on Mar. 5 against Carolina, but he hasn't scored a goal since Feb. 9. Filppula has recorded just seven goals and 28 points in 67 matches this season.
Mar 11 - 8:20 AM

Valtteri Filppula is battling the flu.

That puts Filppula's availability for Friday's game into question. He has seven goals and 26 points in 53 contests in 2015-16.
Feb 11 - 12:01 PM

Valtteri Filppula scored a goal in Tampa Bay's 3-2 victory over Vancouver on Saturday.

Filppula has recorded at least a point in five of his last six games. That's brought him up to five goals and 18 points in 42 contests in 2015-16. It's still a far cry from last season though when he finished with 48 points.
Jan 10 - 11:14 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steven Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Vladislav Namestnikov
4Jonathan Drouin
5Jonathan Marchessault
6Cedric Paquette
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3J.T. Brown
4Erik Condra
5Michael Blunden
6Joel Vermin
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Braydon Coburn
5Matt Carle
6Nikita Nesterov
7Andrej Sustr
8Matt Taormina
9Slater Koekkoek
10Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy
3Kristers Gudlevskis