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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 scored the first goal of the night, but it was not enough as the Lightning lost 2-1 to the Ducks Tuesday.
Filppula’s seventh goal of the season came with an assist by Nikita Nesterov and Anton Stralman at the 4:36 mark of the second period. It did not take long for Ryan Getzlaf to answer it, however, and he responded 21 seconds later. Those would be the only regulation goals as both goalies had solid nights. This was Filppula’s first goal since December 10, but he entered the night with a current, four-game streak with an assist. Jan 18 - 1:23 AM

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Valtteri Filppula got back in the lineup Thursday night.

He was kept out of Wednesday's match versus Montreal because he missed a team meeting. Filppula led all Tampa Bay forwards with 23:16 of ice time against Toronto in his return. He had a plus-1 rating, two shots, two penalty minutes and no points in a 3-2 overtime loss. His goaltender interference infraction in overtime led to the Maple Leafs' game winner from Nazem Kadri.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 09:29:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula is not on the ice in warm ups for the Tampa Bay Lightning and will be scratched for disciplinary reasons.

Nikita Nesterov is taking line rushes on the fourth line for the Lightning instead. Filppula walked back toward the locker room just before warmups began. He's being held out due to missing a team meeting earlier this morning.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 07:27:00 PM

Valtteri Filppula earned a pair of assists in Tampa Bay's 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues Thursday night.

He assisted on both of Jonathan Drouin's goals in the match. Filppula has generated one goal and seven helpers in the last seven games.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 09:20:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula collected three assists in Wednesday's 6-3 victory over Calgary.

He has posted one goal and four helpers during a three-game points streak. Filppula is now up to 21 points in 29 matches this campaign.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 08:56:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula found the back of the net in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Filppula's goal came late in the third period with his team trailing 5-0 at the time. Brayden Point and Andrej Sustr picked up the assists on Tampa Bay's lone marker. Filppula has five goals and 11 assists in 23 games this season.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 10:21:00 PM

Valtteri Filppula contributed two assists in a 4-1 win against Buffalo on Thursday night.

He earned the primary helper on goals by Nikita Nesterov and Alex Killorn (power play) to give eight assists on the year. Filppula has 12 points in 17 matches this year.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 08:28:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula (lower body) returned to action on Thursday.

He logged 18:50 of ice time in Tampa Bay's 4-1 win over the New York Islanders. Filppula didn't suit up on Monday because of a lower-body injury.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 05:01:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula (lower body) won't play in Monday's game against the Panthers.

He's considered day-to-day at this point. Filppula is off to a fantastic start this year, as he has four goals and nine points in 12 games this season.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 07:25:00 PM

Valtteri Filppula earned a goal and a helper in a 6-1 victory versus the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

The multi-point effort ended a four-game scoring skid for the veteran forward. Filppula has accounted for four goals and seven points in 10 matches this year.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 10:53:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula scored the game winning goal at the 5:43 minute mark of the third period in the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils Saturday night.

The Devils took a two goal lead into the second period and then went scoreless for the final two. Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn tied the game in the second, with Filppula getting his second goal of the season to lift the Lightning. Filppula made the most of his opportunities Saturday night as he made only two shots on goal.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 10:56:00 PM

Valtteri Filppula scored in Sunday's 4-1 loss to Team North America.

The Finns were thoroughly dominated in this game, but the Lightning forward was able to beat Matt Murray late in the third period with his team already trailing 4-0. Jussi Jokinen and Leo Komarov picked up the assists on Finland's only goal. Finland will be in must-win mode when they take on Sweden on Tuesday.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 11:03:00 PM

If the Lightning have to dole out some significant money to restrcited free agents Alex Killorn and Vladislav Namestnikov, Valtteri Filppula could be on the move.

The Bolts have already committed tremendous resources to the re-signing of Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman and will have to give Nikita Kucherov an enormous raise. If Killorn and Namestnikov don't come cheap the Lightning may be forced to deal Filppula and his $5 million er season contract. We will watch this situation with interest.
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 11:31:00 AM

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.
Fri, May 27, 2016 09:27:00 AM

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.
Mon, May 9, 2016 10:14:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Johnson
2Valtteri Filppula
3Vladislav Namestnikov
4Cedric Paquette
5Steven Stamkos
LW1Jonathan Drouin
2Ondrej Palat
3Alex Killorn
4Brian Boyle
5Cory Conacher
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3Brayden Point
4J.T. Brown
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Braydon Coburn
5Andrej Sustr
6Luke Witkowski
7Jake Dotchin
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy