Valtteri Filppula didn't practice Thursday due to an illness, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Although head coach Jon Cooper is hopeful Filppula will be ready for Friday's matchup with Nashville, Thursday's absence puts the Finnish center's status for that contest in doubt. Owners can expect an update on Filppula's status ahead of puck drop Friday evening.
Valtteri Filppula factored into both Tampa Bay Lightning goals in Tuesday's loss to Montreal, scoring the first and assisting on the second.
It wasn't all good news for the Finnish center, considering he lost 14 of 18 faceoffs while his team lost the game, but this was still his first goal (and multi-point game) since Jan. 15 against Pittsburgh. Ostensibly the third-line center, Filppula is averaging nearly 19 minutes a game, but his offensive output hasn't come remotely close to justifying such extensive minutes and he's not exactly known as a shutdown defender. That all conspires to muffle his fantasy value outside deep formats in which his regular power-play time remains an asset (if an underutilized one).
Valtteri Filppula scored his sixth goal of the season and had two assists in Friday's win over Pittsburgh.
That's two goals in the last three games for Filppula, who logged 21:55 of ice time Friday. The 31-year-old now has 21 points in 44 games on the season for a surging Tampa Bay Lightning team that has won four straight games. Flippula has been inconsistent this season, but he's got nine points in his last eight games dating back to late-December, so take full advantage.
Valtteri Filppula snapped a seven-game point drought with two assists in Monday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Canadiens.
Flip has become one of those guys who apparently delivers more value on the ice than in the fantasy arena. He's sporting a stat line with three goals, 11 assists and a minus-8 rating in 37 games. At this point, Filppula isn't going to do enough to help your squad.
Valtteri Filppula has failed to tally a point in his last six games.
Filppula has struggled on both ends of the ice, scoring a mere 12 points and a minus-9 in 35 games this year. Despite averaging almost two and a half minutes of ice time with the man advantage, the center has just three power-play assists. The 31-year-old will be looking to reset over the holiday break prior to Saturday's contest against Columbus.