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Filppula, Palat To Return For Game 1


Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender?Ben Bishop?won?t play?in Game 1 against Montreal tonight (7:00 p.m. ET, CNBC), but the good news is that?Valtteri Filppula?(lower body) and?Ondrej Palat?(upper body) should be available, according to the?team?s website.

It will be Palat?s playoff debut after he scored 23 goals and 59 points in 81 games. Those rookie numbers would be impressive under any circumstances, but they?re particularly remarkable coming from a guy that was drafted with 208th overall pick less than three years ago. He?s projected to play on the top line with?Steven Stamkos?and?Tyler Johnson.

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