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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)

- 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.

Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1