Valtteri Filppula C TB Oct 30 '78

Valtteri Filppula can be the key to the Red Wings' success this season, coach Mike Babcock suggests

Filppula played mainly with Henrik Zetterberg last season but Babcock has decided, at least early on, to put Zetterberg back with Pavel Datsyuk while Filppula will play with Johan Franzen. "If we can have Fil be what he was last year, and play in the middle, and he and Franzen be a tandem and Pav and Z be a tandem, we can be a real good hockey team," Babcock said. Babcock felt Filppula gained confidence playing with Zetterberg last season and is ready to assume a larger role.

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