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Lightning's Valtteri Filppula: Hot start after offensive failure of 2015-16
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Filppula scored a goal and added an assist in a 4-1 win over the Senators on Saturday night.

Flip has gotten off to a solid start to the 2016-17 season -- he has at least a point in four of his first five games and five points overall. Last season was a marked failure offensively for Filppula, who finished with just 31 points, including eight goals, in 76 games. So far, he has three goals in just five games. Check your wire.

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Lightning's Valtteri Filppula: Two games, two goals to start the season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Filppula scored the game winner Saturday night against New Jersey. It was his second goal in as many games.

Flip has seen his offensive output slide from 58 points in 2013-14 to 31 points last year. He's not being counted on as a scorer in Tampa any more, but he provides remarkable skill on the third line. Filppula can still help fantasy owners in deep leagues.

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Lightning's Valtteri Filppula: Tallies pair of helpers in Game 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Filppula dished out two assists in Friday's 3-1 win over the Penguins in Game 1.

Filppula picked up both his apples in the second period -- one of which was the primary helper on Ondrej Palat's game-winning power-play goal 2:33 into the frame. The 32-year-old Finn has seen his role increased in the playoffs, skating to an average of 20:31 of ice time (as opposed to 18:15 in the regular season), while scoring at clip of 0.55 points per game (six in 11) after recording a mark of 0.41 (31 in 76) in the regular season. With star forward Steven Stamkos (blood clot) still out for an undetermined amount of time, it's production like this from guys like Filppula that will be required if the Bolts hope to win seven more games and hoist Lord Stanley's mug come mid-June.

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Lightning's Valtteri Filppula: Picks up two assists in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Filial dished out two helpers -- including one on the power play -- in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Islanders.

That's now points in three straight games for the 32-year-old. With four points in the first three games versus the Islanders, Valtteri Filppula has become a key piece of what the Tampa Bay Lightning are doing on offense. He's been a sneaky play for fantasy owners this round after being kept off the scoresheet in the first-round series with the Red Wings.

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Lightning's Valtteri Filppula: Stays with play for first goal of playoffs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Valtteri Filppula found the back of the net in Wednesday's Game 1 loss to the Islanders.

Filppula was held pointless in the first-round series against the Wings, but jumped off to a fast start in the semifinals after collecting his own rebound for the score. A third-line center, Filppula should be considered an X-factor in the series. He's proven to be streaky, but has the two-way acumen to make plays on both ends of the ice. In order to win the series, the Bolts will need secondary scorers like Filppula to be consistent. Until that happens, though, fantasy owners are advised to look in another direction.

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