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Filppula, Palat To Return For Game 1


Tampa Bay Lightning goaltenderBen Bishopwont playin Game 1 against Montreal tonight (7:00 p.m. ET, CNBC), but the good news is thatValtteri Filppula(lower body) andOndrej Palat(upper body) should be available, according to theteams website.

It will be Palats playoff debut after he scored 23 goals and 59 points in 81 games. Those rookie numbers would be impressive under any circumstances, but theyre particularly remarkable coming from a guy that was drafted with 208th overall pick less than three years ago. Hes projected to play on the top line withSteven StamkosandTyler Johnson.

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