Despite being listed as a game-time decision, Filppula said that he will be in the lineup vs. the Blues. Filppula has missed the last four games with an ankle injury, but will be back on their second line tonight.
Filppula skated on the second line with Teddy Purcell and Alex Kilorn which suggests he will be in the lineup tonight. He will take warmups and test his ankle and then the Lightning will make a decision whether or not he plays.
Filppula (ankle) is on the ice for the Lightning's morning skate in his regular second line centre spot.
Filppula's presence at the morning skate with a regular jersey and in his regular spot suggests that he will return to the lineup tonight in St. Louis. Filppula has skated before and not played, so we will wait for confirmation following the morning skate.
Barring any setbacks, Filppula (ankle) is expected to return on Thursday.
Despite not being able to go to Sochi, the two-week break allowed Filppula's broken ankle to heal to the point where he should only miss one game. He missed the first game before the break, but should be back in the lineup on Thursday.
Filppula will the Olympics with a non-displaced fracture in his right hand.
Filppula was set to play for Team Finland in Sochi, but the fractured hand will have him sidelined for three weeks. He played just 14:48 before retiring to the dressing room for the remainder of Thursday's loss to the Maple Leafs.
Filppula (lower-body) is unlikely to play on Saturday.
Filppula did not practice this morning after suffering a lower-body injury on Thursday. Coach Jon Cooper made it sound like he will be held out for precautionary reasons and he likely won't miss an extended period of time.
Filppula left Thursday's game with a lower-body injury and did not return.
Filppula was injured on a hit in the early stages of the second period. He said he was feeling better after the game, but will be reevaluated on Friday. If he misses an extended period of time, the Lightning will likely have to recall a centre.
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Filppula has spent the first eight years of his career with the Detroit Red Wings scoring 100 goals and 151 assists in 483 games. He had an off year last season totaling only 17 points in 41 games. The 29-year-old Fin had a career high 23 goals in 2011-12.