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Valtteri Filppula | Center

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/20/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
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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. Jun 13 - 11:06 PM

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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.
Jun 4 - 10:55 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.
May 25 - 11:00 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.
May 1 - 9:50 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.
Apr 19 - 10:19 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.
Mar 17 - 10:08 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.
Feb 16 - 10:22 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."
Feb 15 - 10:34 AM

Valtteri Filppula had a goal and two helpers to lead Tampa Bay to a 5-3 win over Anaheim on Sunday.

His scoring pace has slowed from his previous campaign with the Lightning, but he will still probably surpass 50 points this season. Filppula has 11 goals and 37 points in 55 games.
Feb 9 - 11:33 AM

Valtteri Filppula picked up a goal in the Lightning’s 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Filppula converted on an errant defensive-zone pass that deflected off Nick Foligno’s skate and beat Curtis McElhinney far side for the third goal of the game. Filppula has 10 goals and 34 points this season, so he’s definitely been a bit of a disappointment from a fantasy perspective. The other goal scorers for the Lightning included Brett Connolly and Cedric Paquette.
Jan 31 - 10:57 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steve Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
5Vladislav Namestnikov
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Cedric Paquette
4Brenden Morrow
5Jonathan Marchessault
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3Jonathan Drouin
4J.T. Brown
5Erik Condra
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Anton Stralman
4Matt Carle
5Braydon Coburn
6Nikita Nesterov
7Andrej Sustr
8Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy