Top Left Header
Header
NHL
Arrow Anaheim Ducks Arizona Coyotes Boston Bruins Buffalo Sabres Calgary Flames Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Blackhawks Colorado Avalanche Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Edmonton Oilers Florida Panthers Los Angeles Kings Minnesota Wild Montreal Canadiens Nashville Predators New Jersey Devils New York Islanders New York Rangers Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers Pittsburgh Penguins St. Louis Blues San Jose Sharks Tampa Bay Ligthning Toronto Maple Leafs Vancouver Canucks Vegas Golden Knights Washington Capitas Winnipeg Jets
(Logo Source: NHL.com)
Title - HH
Follow OurHometown.ca on... Follow OurHometown on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow us on RSS
Filppula could return to Islanders in time for playoffs
By Brian Compton
National Hockey League (Media Release)

Story continues below the ad.

Filppula could return to Islanders in time for playoffs
Valtteri Filppula could return from an elbow injury for the New York Islanders in time for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs next week. Filppula, who hyperextended his elbow during a 5-0 loss against the Boston Bruins on March 19 and has missed seven games, was a full participant at practice Wednesday. The 35-year-old center has 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists) in 71 games this season, his first with the Islanders.
PHOTO CREDIT - NHL.com



East Meadow - April 4, 2019 - Valtteri Filppula could return from an elbow injury for the New York Islanders in time for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs next week.

Filppula, who hyperextended his elbow during a 5-0 loss against the Boston Bruins on March 19 and has missed seven games, was a full participant at practice Wednesday. The 35-year-old center has 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists) in 71 games this season, his first with the Islanders.

New York (46-27-7), which clinched a playoff berth with a 5-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, is in second place in the Metropolitan Division, three points behind the Washington Capitals and two ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Each team has two regular-season games remaining.

The Islanders finish their regular season with two road games; against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-F,MSG+, NHL.TV) and at the Capitals on Saturday.

"It didn't feel good, so I figured something's probably going on," Filppula said. "But I'm happy for this quick to be feeling this good.

"Today was the first practice, so we'll see how it's going to go. Everything felt good today, so I'm happy with that."

The Islanders still do not know who they will face in the Eastern Conference First Round and may not know until the conclusion of the regular season on Saturday. But regardless of opponent, coach Barry Trotz realizes what a healthy Filppula, who has played a key role at even strength and on special teams this season, would mean for his lineup.

"He said the elbow was coming around here," Trotz said. "He was with the group today and he felt pretty good, so it's realistic he could be ready [for the start of the playoffs].

"That would be really big for us. He's getting his strength back. That's what happens when you get nicked up a little bit, but that comes around pretty quick, usually anybody that's hurt an elbow."

Filppula has played 158 playoff games in his NHL career with 82 points (25 goals, 57 assists) and won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008. He reached the Final again with Detroit in 2009 and the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2015.

"He's one of our leaders," Islanders center Casey Cizikas said. "He's so smart out there, he's always in the right spot and he always makes the right play and he's huge for our [penalty] kill. To have him back is a massive addition."

Follow Me on TwitterFollow HH on Twitter!



Title

Title
2019-20 Hometown Hockey NHL Playoff Pool - register today
PHOTO CREDIT:
HometownHockey.ca
Will We See a Canadian Winner of the Stanley Cup?
Two-On-Six Episode 4: Mrs. A
PHOTO CREDIT:
HometownHockey.ca
Two-On-One Episode 3: Todd Warriner
PHOTO CREDIT:
HometownHockey.ca

Title



Title - Story Count
3,453 Hockey Stories so far,
and Growing Daily!
TSN Bob McKenzie retiring, will continue in smaller role going forward

Write for HometownHockey.ca

Title - Top Ten Scorers
# PLAYER TM GP PTS PPG
29 Draisaitl, Leon 691101.59
97 McDavid, Connor 63961.52
88 Pastrnak, David 69941.36
10 Panarin, Artemi 67931.39
29 MacKinnon, Nathan 68931.37
63 Marchand, Brad 69861.25
86 Kucherov, Nikita 67841.25
88 Kane, Patrick 69821.19
34 Matthews, Auston 69791.14
11 Huberdeau, Jonathan 68781.15
Stat Database Last Updated:
Jul. 11, 2020 @ 9:48 AM EDT

Twitter Header




Footer