• Filppula Scores Lone Bolts' Goal In Game 5

    News: Valtteri Filppula scored the lone Tampa Bay goal in Saturday's Game 5 loss to Chicago.
    Analysis: Valtteri Filppula now has three points in the Stanley Cup Finals, giving him 14 points in 25 games this postseason. The 31-year-old struck on the power play Saturday -- his second goal with the man advantage this postseason and his fourth tally overall. With just two goals in his last 16 games, Filppula, who had 25 goals in his first season with Tampa Bay in 2013-14, will need to come up big in Game 6 Tuesday if the Lightning hope to live another day.
  • Bolts' Filppula Collects Assist In Game 4

    News: Valtteri Filppula assisted on the Lightning's lone goal in Wednesday's Game 4 loss to the Blackhawks.
    Analysis: Though they were responsible for Tampa's only scoring in Game 4, the trio of Alex Killorn, Steven Stamkos, and Valtteri Filppula have been mostly invisible so far this series, combining for modest totals of two goals, three assists, and 27 SOG over four games. Filppula has probably been the least impactful of the lot throughout the postseason, as he's somehow sitting on a minus-7 rating over 24 games.
  • Bolts' Filppula Pots Game-Winner In Game 5 Sunday

    News: Valtteri Filppula scored the game-winning goal in Game 5 Sunday against the Rangers.
    Analysis: It was the third goal of the postseason for Valtteri Filppula, who has racked up four points in his last three games. Skating with Steve Stamkos, Filppula is having a decent postseason, notching 10 points in 18 games. He doesn't shoot much, but when he does, it can be lethal. Filppula's struck twice on the power play this postseason and is averaging 20:30 of ice time, making him a reliable scoring option who has helped Tampa Bay grab a 3-2 stranglehold on their series against the Rangers.
  • Bolts' Filppula Tallies Two Helpers In Game 2

    News: Valtteri Filppula recorded a pair of assists in Monday's Game 2 win over the Rangers.
    Analysis: The two-assist game was Valtteri Filppula's third multi-point effort of the playoffs as he's now up to eight points in the postseason. He started off each of the first two rounds hot, but he failed to work his way onto the scoresheet after Game 2 against both the Red Wings and Canadiens, so he'll look to keep up his production as the series shifts to Tampa on Wednesday.
  • Bolts' Filppula Notches Three Points In Win

    News: Valtteri Filppula picked up a power-play goal and two assists in Sunday's Game 2 win over the Canadiens.
    Analysis: Valtteri Filppula ended the first round series off the scoresheet, but he's gotten off to a strong start against Montreal as he's recorded four points through the first two games, including Sunday as he tied his season high with three points. He struggled to gather points at the end of the regular season though, so it may be difficult to rely on him for the remainder of the playoffs until he can show more consistent production.
  • Bolts' Filppula Breaks 12-Game Goal Slump

    News: Valtteri Filppula scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's Game 2 win over the Red Wings.
    Analysis: He'd gone without a goal for 12 games prior to Saturday and has just two in his last 29. He has taken on a different role for the Bolts this season, especially in the second half, and hasn't been counted on for scoring. But contributions like this will go far as the Bolts push toward June.
  • Bolts' Filppula Still Mired In Slump

    News: Valtteri Filppula gathered a power-play assist in Thursday's loss to the Senators.
    Analysis: Points have been extremely scarce for Valtteri Filppula of late, as the forward has collected a goal and three assists since the beginning of March. A drop in ice time hasn't accompanied the drop in productivity just yet, but it's tough to justify keeping him active until he starts scoring with more regularity.
  • Bolts' Filppula Snaps 15-Game Goal Drought

    News: Valtteri Filppula scored a power-play goal in Monday's win over Montreal. The goal snapped a 15-game goal drought.
    Analysis: He does have eight assists in those 15 games, but just four in his last 13. His fantasy value has taken a hit with the emergence of so many young forwards in Tampa Bay. At this point, he's a marginal activation unless you're in the deepest of formats.
  • Bolts' Filppula Chips In Assist Friday

    News: Valtteri Filppula chipped in an assist and won 13 of 20 faceoffs in Friday's 4-0 victory over the Blackhawks.
    Analysis: Valtteri Filppula's helper came on a third-period power-play opportunity, when Ryan Callahan redirected the center's pass into the net to give the Bolts a 3-0 lead. The 30-year-old has accumulated a goal and nine assists over his last nine contests.
  • Bolts' Filppula: Four-Game, Seven-Point Streak

    News: Valtteri Filppula extended his current point streak to four games and seven points, including six assists, after picking up two helpers in a win over the Sharks on Sunday night.
    Analysis: This streak snuck up on us -- he'd been a bit cool up to that point. Stick him in and let it ride. It's about time.