Valtteri Filppula C TB 4 Months

Valtteri Filppula said he wasn't 100 percent in the playoffs, but he isn't using that as an excuse for his lack of production.

"It doesn't really matter, I was fine to play," said Filppula, who had one assist and was a minus-4 in four games. "I played, and I didn't play as well as I wanted to, but I felt fine." He missed the last two games of the regular season with a lower-body injury, but wouldn't say what his ailment was. Filppula declined an invitation to play for Finland at the World Championships.

Valtteri Filppula C TB 4 Months

Valtteri Filppula and the Tampa Bay Lightning are finding it difficult to produce offense against Montreal.

"It's not going our way right now," Filppula said after the Canadiens took a 2-0 lead in the series. "We have to give them credit, they are playing well defensively, we don't get a whole lot and we are struggling certainly to get into their zone." He collected an assist in Game 2's 4-1 loss and he has just two shots thus far in the series.

Valtteri Filppula C TB 5 Months

Valtteri Filppula (lower body) took part in Tuesday's practice.

The stage is set for Filppula to participate in Game 1 on Wednesday. He's projected to center the second line.

Valtteri Filppula C TB 5 Months

Valtteri Filppula (lower body) is considered day-to-day.

His availability for Game 1 of the playoffs against Montreal is uncertain at this time. He has missed two games after getting hurt on Thursday. The series begins on Wednesday night.

Valtteri Filppula C TB 5 Months

Valtteri Filppula (lower body) is out Sunday.

It will be Filppula's second straight game on the sidelines. He will get a few days to rest before the first round of the playoffs start.

Valtteri Filppula C TB 5 Months

Valterri Filppula is listed a questionable for Sunday's season finale against Washington.

Flippula sustained a lower-body injury during Thursday's win over Philadelphia, missed Friday's game against Columbus and will likely sit out Sunday afternoon's contest. The Lightning are hoping that Flippula will be good to go for the playoffs which start next week.

Valtteri Filppula C TB 5 Months

Valtteri Filppula continued his torrid run, as he now has a 12-game point streak going thanks to his 25th goal of the season (which came in Sunday's 3-2 Tampa Bay Lightning loss to the Detroit Red Wings).

He has four goals and 11 assists in that span. Remarkably, Filppula is only owned in 62 percent of Yahoo leagues right now. Even with so-so peripherals, he's worth owning.

Valtteri Filppula C TB 5 Months

Valtteri Filppula has a 10-game point streak now.

He picked up an assist in Thursday's shootout win over the New York Islanders. Filppula has four goals and 10 helpers during his scoring spree. He has 55 points in 68 games this season.

Valtteri Filppula C TB 5 Months

Valtteri Filppula stretched his point streak to nine games in Monday's shootout win over Ottawa.

He earned an assist versus the Senators to give him 13 points over that span. Filppula is unlikely to surpass his personal high of 66 points this season, but he has set a career high already with 24 goals.

Valtteri Filppula C TB 5 Months

Valtteri Filppula netted his 24th goal of the season Saturday afternoon.

That is a new career high for the 30-year-old forward. Filppula is currently enjoying an eight-game point streak as well, which has seen him produce four goals and eight assists. He has 53 points in 66 games this season.