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Filppula expects to play in Red Wings’ opener

Jan 10, 2013, 10:09 PM EST

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From the sound of things, Valtteri Filppula‘s knee injury won’t keep him out of the Detroit Red Wings’ season opener against the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 19.

Filppula gave a positive update to the Detroit Free Press’ Ted Kulfan after skating with Red Wings teammates on Thursday.

“It’s pretty good,” Filppula said. “I feel it a little bit but that’s to be expected. I’m confident I’ll be good to go when the season starts.”

The 28-year-old suffered an MCL sprain in mid-November while playing for Jokerit in Finland, but both the team and the player have big reasons to hope for an encore to his career-year last season.

Filppula is in a contract year and Detroit lost some key forwards as Jiri Hudler signed with the Calgary Flames and Tomas Holmstrom retired. Even with Mikael Samuelsson‘s return, it’s likely the Red Wings are crossing their fingers that Filppula can approach his 2011-12 level.

Being healthy is obviously a big part of that, and so far, it sounds like he’s close to 100 percent.

(R/T to Rotoworld)

  1. polegojim - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Val is emerging – continue the good work!

    Wings are set to need some reloading and/or replacement. Hudler was just filling a slot.

    Kronwall needs to pull his head out of his butt. Since 08-09 he’s fallen off and lost his edge.

    Abdelkader needs a reminder that a winger shouldn’t have TRIPLE his points… in PIMs. After the third season…. it’s time to start showing good improvement and earning a top line position.

    GO RED WINGS!

    • shoobiedoobin - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      Hudler wasn’t “just filling a slot”, he was offered another contract and Detroit wanted him. And Kronwall hasn’t lost anything, I dunno where people get this insanity from. And Abdelkader isn’t a top line player, I dunno why in the world you expect him to act like it.

      • polegojim - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM

        Oh… shoobiedoo… I completely agree with your statement… ‘YOU DUNNO’…

        Hudler contributed very little, better he’s gone. See his stats.

        Kronwall has become less and less of a factor. See his stats.

        Never said Abdelkader was top line… but he HAS BEEN a better player… and has fallen off. See his stats.

        Those aren’t speculations or options. They’re facts supported by their numbers.

        Hockey intelligence is an important thing.

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