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Tampa Bay Lightning get Filppula back as they head to face Saint Louis Blues

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As the Tampa Bay Lightning head to face the Saint Louis Blues tonight, they have good news to cheer as they receive reinforcement from their center Valtteri Filppula who is coming back from a fractured right ankle and said he felt well enough to step back actively on the ice. Being a valuable asset to the team, having him back in the mix is good news for the team.
 
Still, they have not got all that they had hoped to get because their center Tyler Johnson is still questionable for his appearance. On February 6 at Minnesota he was hit hard by a puck in on his left foot and that has been bothering him since then, as he complains of repeated pain and soreness in that area.
 
Their defenseman Radko Gudas will not be playing the match as suspected because of a lower body injury that will be looked at again on Wednesday for a better diagnosis of the injury.
 
Filppula was hit by the puck when playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs and after that had been out for 4 games. He seems to have recovered well and not only from his point of view but from the performance he has been giving in practice and the way his form is back in skating on the ice. With his game back he will definitely be something that the Lightnings can rely on.
 
"The strength felt better," Filppula said. "That was the main thing, to get that back. This is going to be a good test, the game. You don't really know before you play. We'll see after the game how it really worked."
 
Filppula is great with getting possession of the puck. In his absence it was noticeable that they were losing that edge. Now having him back means they will not be wasting their chances and will have more to score. Filppula said that his ankle would bother for a while but that would go away eventually.
 
"It's going to be sore for a while," Filppula said. "But I feel comfortable turning and I have the strength in my leg. That's the main thing."
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