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Valtteri Filppula | Center | #51

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/20/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 196
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 3 (95) / DET
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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

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Valtteri Filppula recorded an assist on Tampa Bay's only goal in a 3-1 loss to Calgary on Tuesday night.

The helper extended his point streak to four straight games. Filppula has one goal and four assists during that span. He has 17 points, including just four goals, in 40 matches this season.
Jan 6 - 8:37 AM

Valtteri Filppula assisted twice in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 4-3 shootout loss to the visiting Montreal Canadiens Monday night.

Filppula recorded his 10th assist of the season on a power-play goal by Nikita Kucherov and his 11th assist of the season on a goal by Ryan Callahan. Kucherov now has 13 goals on the season. Callahan, five. Jason Garrison also scored for Tampa Bay, his fourth of the season. Kucherov had a team-high six shots on net.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 11:27:00 PM

Valtteri Filppula put the dagger in the Rangers' nine-game winning streak on Thursday night with a third period goal.

Filppula scored a shorthanded marker at 18:55 of the third period to lead the Lightning past the Rangers 2-1 on Thursday night. The 31-year-old also pitched in an assist on the opening goal to raise his total to nine points in 21 games.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 11:43:00 PM

Valtteri Filppula centered Tampa Bay's second line Monday night.

He played between Alex Killorn and Ryan Callahan. Tampa Bay had to shift around some lines against the Florida Panthers after three players were injured this past Saturday.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 10:58:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula likes being matched against the best players of the opposition.

"It's nice to get to play against good players. It's a good challenge, for sure," Filppula said. "That's the main thing in those spots is to try to play well defensively. And then if you get offense that is a plus." Filppula, who is playing with Alex Killorn and Erik Condra, has chipped in one goal and two assists in four games this campaign.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 09:40:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula scored the Tampa Bay Lightning's lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Jason Garrison made a great pass on Filppula's tally, the Finn's fourth goal of the postseason. The Lightning may need more from Filppula if Nikita Kucherov is seriously injured.
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 11:06:00 PM

Valtteri Filppula earned an assist on Tampa Bay's only goal in a 2-1 loss to Chicago in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

He has collected nine assists in the playoffs, including five in his past seven games. Filppula also has a goal during that span. He has been productive since being moved to center on a line between Steve Stamkos and Alex Killorn. Filppula won 13 of the 19 faceoffs he took in Game 1 as well.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 10:55:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula scored a goal in Tampa Bay's 2-0 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Filppula has recorded at least a point in three of his last four games. He has three goals and 10 points in 18 playoff contests in 2015. Between his time with Detroit and Tampa Bay, he's gained a wealth of postseason experience and Sunday's contest was his 127th game.
Mon, May 25, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Some line jumbling means a great opportunity for Tampa Bay Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula in Game 5 against the Montreal Canadiens.

Filppula will line up at center between Alex Killorn and Steve Stamkos. Meanwhile, Ryan Callahan gets demoted to a line with Brian Boyle and Cedric Paquette. Filppula adds a lot of creativity to that trio, while Stamkos gets freed up on the right wing.

Valtteri Filppula logged 10:24 of ice time in Game 7 against Detroit.

His last shift was late in the second period, but GM Steve Yzerman didn't have much to say about Filppula's status. When he was asked if Filppula was hurt he said, "Nothing to report at this time." Consider him probable to play in Game 1 versus Montreal for the time being.
Fri, May 1, 2015 09:50:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula scored a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay's 5-1 game two win over Detroit.

The Lightning were good in Game 1, but they were repeatedly stoned by Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek. In Game 2, Tampa Bay dominated from start to finish and they got the result they were looking for. Filppula registered an assist on Andrej Sustr's goal and he scored the Lightning's last goal of the night. These were his first two playoff points in 2015 against his former Detroit teammates.
Sun, Apr 19, 2015 10:19:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula potted a goal in Monday's 4-2 victory versus Montreal.

His 12th marker of the year snapped a 15-game goalless drought. Filppula didn't have a point in five straight contests entering Monday's match. He has 46 points on the year in 71 games.
Tue, Mar 17, 2015 10:08:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula contributed two assists in Tampa Bay's 5-2 win versus San Jose on Sunday.

He stretched his point streak to four consecutive contests with the two-point effort. Filppula has one goal and six assists during that span. He ranks second on the Lightning with 30 helpers this year and he has 41 points in 58 games.
Mon, Feb 16, 2015 10:22:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning's power play has gone just 3-for-27 in their last nine games.

"We’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure it out, and it’s tough to say why (it’s struggled)," said center Valtteri Filppula. "I think a lot of times you need to make sure you are working harder than the penalty killers, and maybe we do not do that as much as we should. Then when we do get set up, we are usually one shot and done, then we have to get it again. I think that’s the main problem."
Sun, Feb 15, 2015 10:34:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
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
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Braydon Coburn
5Matt Carle
6Nikita Nesterov
7Andrej Sustr
8Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy