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Valtteri Filppula | Center

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/20/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
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Valtteri Filppula notched a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Vancouver.
He was back on a line with Steve Stamkos and Ryan Callahan in the contest. Filppula opened the scoring with his ninth goal of the season and he picked up his 24th assist on a goal by Alex Killorn to give Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead. He has recorded two goals and six points in his last seven outings. Jan 21 - 9:23 AM

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Filling in for the sick Tyler Johnson, Valtteri Filppula will center Tampa's second line between Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov on Friday night in New Jersey.

Kucherov ranks third on the team in points with 29, while Filppula trails close behind with 24. Palat brings up this trio's rear with 19 points himself in 23 games, 10 fewer than his linemates. Tampa and Toronto lead the NHL in goals scored with 110, while New Jersey has a rookie goalie in net and has surrendered the seventh most goals, 96. Look for these guys to light the lamp.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 06:52:00 PM

Valtteri Filppula has been back to playing center lately after he was skating on the wing alongside Steve Stamkos.

"I like the middle, and if I had to pick, I would probably pick the middle. But I feel like in our system, how we play, it's not a huge difference," he said. "You play the position you are at in the moment. At center you take more faceoffs, and I don't mind that." The Lightning want more depth down the middle, but Filppula will probably still get ice time with Stamkos on the power play.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 03:01:00 PM

Valtteri Filppula posted two assists in Monday's 5-1 triumph over the New York Rangers.

He recorded a power-play helper on a goal by Ryan Callahan and he added another on Steve Stamkos' 12th marker of the year. Filppula has two goals and eight points in his past seven contests.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 09:44:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula lined up as a left winger in Saturday's 4-3 win over Washington.

Coach Jon Cooper called Filppula "Mr. Utility" after playing him on the same line as Steve Stamkos and Ryan Callahan for most of the contest. "I truly believe he could play goal if he had to," Cooper said. "And he's played all over, so he can handle the position. Plus he plays a lot more controlled game, he makes really poised plays on the wall and he can spring Stammer and let him play the game fast." Filppula has 10 points in 12 games this campaign and his playmaking skills should get him plenty of points alongside a triggerman with the talent of Stamkos.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 11:31:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula collected three assists in Tampa Bay's 4-3 win over Philadelphia on Thursday.

Two of his helpers came on the power play, which went 2-for-5 in the match. Filppula has assisted on eight goals this season and he has 10 points in 11 games this campaign.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 10:55:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula got his first goal of the season in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win against Calgary.

He picked his marker off a rebound from a Jason Garrison shot. Filppula has generated five points in seven games for the Lightning this season and all four of his assists so far have come on the power play.
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 09:11:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula set up Tampa Bay's first two goals, and they were pretty.

While on the power play, Filppula faked a shot from the left circle and slid it over to Tyler Johnson to tie the game at one in the second. Later in the third, Filppula took a sharp-angle shot off Luongo's pads and Ryan Callahan tapped in the go-ahead power-play goal. He skated over 21 minutes with over seven with the man advantage as well.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 03:17:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula seems fit and ready for the upcoming NHL campaign as he trains in informal workouts with some of his Lightning teammates.

Whatever his injury was during last season's playoffs it did not hinder his offseason conditioning program. Filppula will skate as a top-six forward and will play on the Bolts' first power-play unit. Provided he is healthy, he is a lock to produce 60-65 points, making him a solid mid-round fantasy pick.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 11:49:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula said he wasn't 100 percent in the playoffs, but he isn't using that as an excuse for his lack of production.

"It doesn't really matter, I was fine to play," said Filppula, who had one assist and was a minus-4 in four games. "I played, and I didn't play as well as I wanted to, but I felt fine." He missed the last two games of the regular season with a lower-body injury, but wouldn't say what his ailment was. Filppula declined an invitation to play for Finland at the World Championships.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 06:34:00 PM

Valtteri Filppula and the Tampa Bay Lightning are finding it difficult to produce offense against Montreal.

"It's not going our way right now," Filppula said after the Canadiens took a 2-0 lead in the series. "We have to give them credit, they are playing well defensively, we don't get a whole lot and we are struggling certainly to get into their zone." He collected an assist in Game 2's 4-1 loss and he has just two shots thus far in the series.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 10:37:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula (lower body) took part in Tuesday's practice.

The stage is set for Filppula to participate in Game 1 on Wednesday. He's projected to center the second line.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 05:18:00 PM

Valtteri Filppula (lower body) is considered day-to-day.

His availability for Game 1 of the playoffs against Montreal is uncertain at this time. He has missed two games after getting hurt on Thursday. The series begins on Wednesday night.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 11:51:00 AM

Valtteri Filppula (lower body) is out Sunday.

It will be Filppula's second straight game on the sidelines. He will get a few days to rest before the first round of the playoffs start.
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 01:58:00 PM

Valterri Filppula is listed a questionable for Sunday's season finale against Washington.

Flippula sustained a lower-body injury during Thursday's win over Philadelphia, missed Friday's game against Columbus and will likely sit out Sunday afternoon's contest. The Lightning are hoping that Flippula will be good to go for the playoffs which start next week.
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 11:58:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steve Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
5Cedric Paquette
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Jonathan Drouin
3Alex Killorn
4Brenden Morrow
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3Brett Connolly
4J.T. Brown
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Matt Carle
4Anton Stralman
5Radko Gudas
6Andrej Sustr
7Mark Barberio
8Nikita Nesterov
9Mattias Ohlund
10Luke Witkowski
G1Ben Bishop
2Evgeni Nabokov