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Position
C
 
Jersey
51
Name  Valtteri Filppula
Born  3/20/1984
Height  6-0
Weight  195
Shoots  L
9/27/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula looks to build off a strong 2013-14 season.
Insight: In his first season in Tampa Bay, Filppula produced 25 goals and 33 assists. He should be able to at least duplicate those numbers, and as a result should be taken starting around the 15th round of your drafts.
 
4/15/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Valtteri Filppula expects to play Wednesday when the Lightning open postseason play against Montreal. SOURCE: Lightning.nhl.com
Insight: Filppula missed Tampa Bay's final two regular season games with a lower body injury. He was third on the team in scoring this season with 58 points in 75 games (25 goals, 33 assists).
 
4/14/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (lower body) is uncertain to play in Game 1 of the playoffs against the Canadiens, according to the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Filppula (25 G, 33 A) suffered a lower-body injury last Thursday against the Flyers and sat out the regular season finale. He finished with a career-high 25 goals to go with 33 assists (58 points) and 131 SOG in 75 games.
 
4/13/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (lower body) missed Sunday's regular season finale.
Insight: Filppula (25 G, 33 A) suffered a lower-body injury Thursday against the Flyers. He's scored just one point in five games this month after producing 16 in March and will finish with a career-high 25 goals, 58 points and 131 SOG in 75 games.
 
4/11/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (lower body) will miss Friday's game, according to Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Filppula (25 G, 33 A) suffered a lower-body injury Thursday against the Flyers. He's scored just one point in five games this month after producing 16 in March.
 
Hot3/30/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula extended his points streak to 12 games with a goal Sunday against the Red Wings.
Insight: The streak has Filppula up to 57 points in 70 games this season.
 
Hot3/22/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula's goal Saturday against the Penguins extended his points streak to eight games.
Insight: Filppula has amassed 12 points during the streak and 53 points (24 goals, 29 assists) in 66 games during the 2013-14 season, his first with Tampa Bay after seven seasons with the Red Wings.
 
Hot3/17/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: After handing out six assists over his previous three games, Lightning center Valtteri Filppula did some scoring of his own Monday, picking up one of Tampa Bay's four goals in a win over the Canucks.
Insight: Filppula has a five-game points streak going. The 29-year-old is up to 49 points in 63 games, and next goal will tie a career high in that category.
 
Hot3/13/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula was in a giving mood Thursday, handing out three assists.
Insight: Filppula has come up with five points in his last three games and 46 points in 61 games this season. A broken ankle prevented the 29-year-old from challenging his career high of 66 points, set in 2011-12, but he already has the second highest points total of his career.
 
3/4/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (ankle) will play Tuesday, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Filppula suffered a fractured ankle on Feb. 6. The 29-year-old had at least nine points in each of the first four months this season and 41 points in 56 games before his injury.
 
3/1/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (ankle) should be able to play during Tampa Bay's four-game road trip, according to a St. Petersburg Times report.
Insight: Filppula was hoping to return Thursday after suffering a fractured ankle on Feb. 6, but he was still too sore. The 29-year-old had at least nine points in each of the first four months this season and has 41 points in 56 games this season. He's a must start when he finally returns.
 
2/27/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (ankle) is not ready to return from his fractured ankle, according to tampabay.com.
Insight: Filppula was hoping to return Thursday after suffering a fractured ankle on Feb. 6, but he's still too sore. Coach Jon Cooper said Filppula is day-to-day and expects him to play at some point on the team's four-game road trip. The 29-year-old had at least nine points in each of the first four months this season.
 
2/7/2014 1:32:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula has suffered a fractured ankle and is expected to miss three weeks according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Obviously, Filppula won't be able to compete for Team Finland in the Sochi Olympics. Filppula (20 G, 21 A) has been consistent from month to month and fantasy owners will have a hard time replacing him. He normally plays on a line with Teddy Purcell and Alex Killorn.
 
2/4/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center Valtteri Filppula is questionable for Tuesday's game against Minnesota due to a lower-body injury.
Insight: Filppula (19 G, 21 A) has been consistent, producing nine to 11 points in all four months this season.
 
1/31/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center Valtteri Filppula left Thursday's game with a left hip/leg injury and is questionable for Saturday. SOURCE: tampabay.com
Insight: Filppula (19 G, 21 A) has been consistent, producing nine to 11 points in all four months this season. He may be held out as a precaution Saturday.
 
Hot1/11/2014 8:51:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center Valtteri Filppula had one goal and one assist Saturday against the Flyers.
Insight: Filppula finished December with a flourish, tallying 10 points in his last seven games of the month, and he's followed it up with six points in his first six games of January. He has 18 goals and 36 points in 45 games.
 
Hot12/23/2013 10:22:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center Valtteri Filppula had two more points Monday, giving him eight over his last five games.
Insight: Filppula's career high for points in a season is 66; he's on pace for 62 along with a career-high 29 goals this season.
 
Hot12/21/2013 10:17:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center Valtteri Filppula extended his points streak to four games with two assists Saturday against Carolina.
Insight: Filppula has six points during the streak and 26 points in 36 games this season. He's on pace for his second career 50-point season.
 
12/18/2013 9:21:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center Valtteri Filppula scored two goals in regulation and added another during the shootout Tuesday against the Islanders.
Insight: What a night for the 29-year-old. He's done a nice job on the second line with Teddy Purcell and Alex Kilorn, producing 12 goals and 11 helpers in 34 games. Among Lightning forwards, only Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos are averaging more minutes per game than Filppula.
 
11/14/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula had a big night Thursday in a win over Anaheim.
Insight: He found the net twice while also contributing his seventh assist of the season. With Steven Stamkos out, Filppula has been promoted to Tampa Bay's top line. Playing alongside Martin St. Louis should increase his fantasy value.
 

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