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Valtteri Filppula  #51

NUMBER: 51 BIRTHDATE: March 20, 1984  (AGE 30)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Vantaa, Finland
WEIGHT: 195 DRAFTED: DET / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 3rd   (95th overall)

2014 Playoffs
- Led all Lightning forwards with 20:41 TOI in Game 3
- Recorded a power-play assist in Game 2
- Went 18-for-27 (67%) in the faceoff circle in Game 1 versus Montreal

2013-14 Regular Season
- Missed the final two games of the regular season with a lower body injury
- Recorded a career-best 12-game point streak from Mar. 8-30 posting five goals and 11 assists during that span
- Set a new career-high for goals in a season with 25
- Ranked second on the Lightning for points (58) and second for power-play goals (six)
- Has skated in 105 career playoff games, all with Detroit, posting 19 goals and 57 points
- Has never missed the playoffs in his NHL career

Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), September 21, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 5, 2013.
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I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie