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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
Contract: view contract details

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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. Nov 29 - 10:21 PM

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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.
Nov 18 - 8:28 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.
Nov 11 - 5:01 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.
Nov 7 - 7:25 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.
Nov 2 - 10:53 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.
Oct 15 - 10:56 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.
Sep 18 - 11:03 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.
Jul 2 - 11:31 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.
May 27 - 9:27 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.
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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steven Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Vladislav Namestnikov
4Jonathan Drouin
5Cedric Paquette
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3Brayden Point
4J.T. Brown
5Joel Vermin
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Braydon Coburn
5Nikita Nesterov
6Andrej Sustr
7Luke Witkowski
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy