Fillpula scored the game-tying goal in the third period of his Flyers debut Thursday, keying a 2-1 shootout win over the Panthers. That's a great way to endear yourself to your new teammates. Filppula lined up as the No. 2 center between Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek, an assignment that comes with tons of potential fantasy value; his wingers registered the assists on the Finn's goal. While he'd stagnated in Tampa Bay, the Flyers' wide-open style might be just what Filppula needs to find his game again, especially if he carves out some power-play time.
Filppula was traded to the Flyers by the Lightning along with a fourth-rounder and a conditional seventh-rounder for Mark Streit on Wednesday. With seven goals and 34 total points in 59 games, Filppula has improved his production from last season's 31 in 76, but it's dried up recently, as he heads to Philly with just two points in his last 12 contests. We can't yet say for certain where Filppula will line up with his new squad, but word on that should come out once he's able to get his first Flyers practice in.
Filppula picked up an assist Thursday in a loss to Calgary. It was just his second point in 11 games. Flip has been struggling offensively since Jan. 24. He has just six shots in those 11 games -- the same number as hits in that span. Filppula has managed to put up more point to this point (34 in 58 games) than he did in 76 games last season (31). Still, there's minimal value in his game right now.
Filppula picked up a pair of assists with a plus-2 and a hit in Tuesday's 5-2 win against the Blackhawks. Filppula has picked up the pace in January with a goal and eight points over his past eight games, improving his stock. His name has been bandied about in trade rumors, and a move to a contender would be an improvement in fantasy value just because of an increase in plus-minus.
Filppula (coach's decision) will return to Tampa Bay's lineup for Thursday's matchup with Toronto, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Filppula reportedly missed his team's morning meeting, and as a result, watched Wednesday's 4-3 victory over Montreal from the press box. However, the veteran pivot's mistake will only cost him one game, as he'll slot back into a top-six role for Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs. The Finnish forward has tallied a respectable 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) in 34 games this season, making him a solid depth option in most fantasy formats.
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