Filppula assisted on the Lightning's first goal and scored the game-winner shorthanded with 1:05 remaining in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Rangers. The only times the Bolts were able to do anything offensively were when Filppula got involved on the rush, which a bad turnover by the Rangers on a late power play allowed him to do for his big goal Thursday. The fine effort broke up a five-game skid without a point, while the goal was just his second of the year, so Filppula's got a long way to go before he reestablishes himself as a reliable fantasy option.
Filppula picked up a power-play assist in Thursday's 3-1 loss to Colorado. It was his second point in his last eight games. Ugh. Flip's not scoring and he's on the ice when the other team finds twine (minus-8 in his last eight). And he has just a meagre eight shots in 10 games this season. Filppula is 31 and his game isn't about to take a big step forward, so we wouldn't waste a roster spot right now. Grab him off the wire if he somehow manages to go on a spurt.
Filppula has three points in Tampa Bay's first four games. It's a nice start after scuffling last season to just 48 points and a minus-14 rating. Filppula's not going to contribute huge shot totals, hits or PIMs, but he's a valuable on-ice contributor, especially in the face-off circle where he's 29-for-52 (55.8 percent).
Valtteri Filppula scored the lone Tampa Bay goal in Saturday's Game 5 loss to Chicago.
Valtteri Filppula assisted on the Lightning's lone goal in Wednesday's Game 4 loss to the Blackhawks.
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