Valtteri Filppula calls oversleeping meeting 'embarrassing'
Lightning veteran Valtteri Filppula has probably been to around 1,000 team meetings in his 11-year NHL career.
The one Wednesday morning was the only one he can remember missing.
It didn't make it acceptable to Filppula, 32, who said he overslept. He was subsequently scratched for that night's game against Montreal as a one-game punishment.
"Unfortunately, it happened," Filppula said. "Embarrassing. But nothing I could really do differently. The same alarm has been working 12 years, now it failed me."
More from morning skate: G Andrei Vasilevskiy will start in net. C Vladislav Namestnikov was back after missing Thursday's game with an upper-body injury. Namestnikov left Wednesday's game in the third after his head slammed into the boards on a check by Montreal's Shea Weber. "I didn't have anywhere to go," he said. Namestnikov went through the concussion protocol and said he was fine... C Tyler Johnson was the only player absent from Saturday's skate, with coach Jon Cooper saying the forward was sick and sent home. But Johnson is expected to be able to play tonight against Carolina.