Valtteri Filppula C TB 3 Months

Filppula picked up an assist in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Sharks.

He has quietly delivered 14 points in 17 games, a pace that see him deliver close to 70 points this season. He's a solid fantasy performer; use him well.

Valtteri Filppula C TB 3 Months

Filppula shifted to wing on Tampa's top line during Saturday's game. He played alongside Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan.

It won't likely change his positional qualifications and we don't know exactly how long it will last. But Bolts' coach Jon Cooper sang his praises after the game: "... he makes really poised plays on the wall and he can spring Stammer ..." Overall, Filppula has 10 points in 12 games, so he's delivering strong value to fantasy owners, regardless of position.

Valtteri Filppula C TB 3 Months

Filppula picked up three assists in Thursday's win over Philadelphia. Two of those helpers came on the power play.

He has 10 points in 11 games, a pace that will deliver a career best for him if he can keep it up. Keep him rolling.

Valtteri Filppula C TB 4 Months

Filppula stretched his point streak to three games and four points with another assist, this time in Monday's 7-1 win over Montreal.

Most importantly, the points have all come on the power play and that's fantasy gold. Plug him into your lineup and watch him go.

Valtteri Filppula C TB 4 Months

Filppula recorded two power-play assists in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Panthers.

It's a great start to Filppula's season and could foreshadow a possible career year. He tallied 66 points in 81 games with Detroit in 2011-12.

Valtteri Filppula C TB 5 Months

Filppula (lower body) skated Thursday during the team's informal workouts and said the ailment he played through during the postseason last year did not affect his summer training, reports the Tampa Tribune.

This is great news for the Bolts as they fully anticipate that Filppula will deliver strong, secondary offense as the team's second-line pivot.

Valtteri Filppula C TB 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 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.