The questions seem to be same every year.

Is this the season Valtteri Filppula breaks out?

Can he finally score more than 20 goals, account for more than 40 points, and become one of the best two-way forwards?

Filppula thinks so.

And, the Red Wings certainly hope so.

"You always want to do better and definitely last year had a lot of ups and downs," Filppula said. "I want a more steady season and do more to help the team."