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14 Chris Kunitz LW
Height/Weight: 6-0/193 | Birthdate: 9/26/1979 | Birthplace: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada | Team: Pittsburgh Penguins | College: Ferris State | NHL Experience: 10 | Salary: $3,725,000 | Owned/Started%: 99/17 | Average Draft Position: 43.85
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12/17/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Close To Return, But Not For Thursday

News: Chris Kunitz (foot) is considered close to a return, but will not play Thursday against the Avalanche, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz first resumed practicing with the team Wednesday, so it's understandable that the Penguins aren't willing to rush him back into a game a day later when he probably still needs to get his conditioning up to snuff. Assuming that his broken foot doesn't cause further problems while he skates the next couple of days, look for Kunitz to potentially suit up for Saturday's tilt with the Panthers.

12/17/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Practices Wednesday

News: Chris Kunitz (foot) joined the Penguins for Wednesday's practice, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz worked out with the team's strength and conditioning coach beforehand, and was given clearance to practice after experiencing little pain with his broken foot. The winger has been out since Nov. 29 and may need to log multiple practices before the Penguins clear him for a return from injured reserve.

12/15/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Kunitz Getting Closer To Practicing With Pens

News: Coach Mike Johnston said that he hopes Chris Kunitz (foot), who skated prior to practice Monday, will return to practice later in the week.
Analysis: He still needs to be cleared by trainers before practicing, but there's a chance he could return in a week or so. Chris Kunitz hasn't played since fracturing his foot Nov. 29 against Carolina.

12/15/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Skates

News: Chris Kunitz (foot) skated on his own prior to Monday's practice, Root Sports Pittsburgh reports.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz attempted to skate last week as well, but was unable to, so this is certainly an improvement. He'll still need to return to a full contact practice before being ready to suit up for a game again, but Monday was a step in the right direction.

12/11/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Slow To Progress

News: Chris Kunitz (foot) attempted to skate prior to Thursday's practice but was unable to do so, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: After the rest of the team completed the practice, coach Mike Johnston said that the winger was "progressing slowly" with his recovery from the foot injury. Chris Kunitz was only expected to miss about two weeks after he was diagnosed with a foot fracture on Dec. 2, but at this point, it looks like it might be wise to push back his recovery timetable a couple more weeks.

12/6/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens Move Kunitz (Foot) To IR

News: Chris Kunitz (foot) was moved to injured reserve Friday, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: The Penguins placed Chris Kunitz on injured reserve in order to clear a roster spot for winger Rob Klinkhammer, who was acquired in a trade with the Coyotes earlier in the day. Kunitz is set to miss at least the next two weeks after sustaining a slight foot fracture a few days ago.

12/2/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Out A Couple Weeks With Foot Fracture

News: Chris Kunitz has been diagnosed with a light fracture in his foot and is likely to miss a couple of weeks, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: There was some speculation that Chris Kunitz might have been dealing with the rumored illness that threatened to sideline Sidney Crosby and Robert Bortuzzo on Tuesday, but he's apparently dealing with a more severe concern. More information regarding how the injury was sustained along with a firmer timetable should become available in the coming days, but fantasy owners should plan for a several-game absence. The winger, who had 20 points in 23 games, was replaced on the Evgeni Malkin line by Jayson Megna on Tuesday.

12/2/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Out Tuesday

News: Chris Kunitz (undisclosed) will not play Tuesday against New Jersey, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: There was no immediate word as to why Chris Kunitz won't be in the lineup Tuesday. He took part in the morning skate and coach Mike Johnston gave no indication after practice that he would sit out.

11/29/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Snaps Slump Saturday

News: Chris Kunitz ended an 11-game goalless drought Saturday, scoring his ninth goal of the season in a 3-2 win over Carolina.
Analysis: After the contest, coach Mike Johnston said that Chris Kunitz played his best game in "a couple weeks." He registered five shots on goal -- his highest total since Oct. 16 (the third game of the season). The forward also dished out five hits and finished plus-2 against the Canes.

11/28/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Slumping Kunitz Picks Up Assist Friday

News: Chris Kunitz collected just his third point (an assist) in nine games for the Pens on Friday.
Analysis: He failed to register a hit for only the second time in 22 games. Chris Kunitz started strongly last year and then tailed off after the Olympics. Most likely the 35-year-old is simply slumping now or playing with a minor injury, but fantasy owners might want to keep in mind his sluggish finishes as the season progresses.

11/24/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Still Slumping

News: Chris Kunitz was held pointless Monday and has picked up only three points (all assists) in his last nine games.
Analysis: After starting the year with its power play on fire, Pittsburgh has scored just four goals in 23 attempts over the past nine games -- which has coincided with Chris Kunitz's struggles. The team shuffled Kunitz to its second line with Evgeni Malkin on Monday, but to no avail. Because the Pens beat Boston, the feisty forward -- who's contributed with 22 hits during his slump -- will likely skate with Malkin again on Wednesday.

11/8/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT Pens' Kunitz Quietly Effective Saturday

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Quietly Effective Saturday

News: Chris Kunitz tallied two assists and finished with a plus-3 rating Saturday in Buffalo.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz rode shotgun to Kris Letang and Patric Hornqvist's goals Saturday, coming away with his 15th and 16th points of the season. The left winger now has five goals and 10 points in his last six contests. He registered a season-low one hit but it's doubtful poolies are complaining.

11/1/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT Red-Hot Kunitz Multipoints Saturday, Again

Chris Kunitz

Red-Hot Kunitz Multipoints Saturday, Again

News: Chris Kunitz scored two goals and an assist for the second straight game Saturday.
Analysis: He collected two points, including a goal and an assist, on the power play. Chris Kunitz now has seven points (4G,3A) in his last three contests and consecutive game-winning goals.

10/30/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Kunitz Carries Pens With Three-Point Night

News: Chris Kunitz scored two of Pittsburgh's goals -- one on the power play -- and assisted on Kris Letang's man-advantage tally in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Kings.
Analysis: As has become the norm, Chris Kunitz is potting points at an efficient pace to start the year, with 10 now in nine games. He's steady as they come.

10/23/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Kunitz Stays Steady For Pens

News: Chris Kunitz scored his third goal Thursday against the Red Wings, giving him six points in six games.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz continues to serve as a core member of the Pens' top power-play unit. In addition to his regular spot with Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist on the No. 1 line, Kunitz has played with Evgeni Malkin on the second line. He's also totaled 28 hits, making him a dependable multi-category performer for his fantasy owners.

10/16/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Plays Big In Losing Effort Thursday

News: Chris Kunitz tallied two power-play points, including a goal and an assist, in a 3-2 loss to the Stars on Thursday.
Analysis: He also led all players with six shots on goal and seven hits. The Pens' top power-play unit of Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist, Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang has helped the team to six goals on 11 opportunities through the first three games. Kunitz is off to another good start, though it's worth noting the forward totaled only 13 points in the final 24 regular-season games of 2013-14.

10/11/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Gets On The Board Saturday

News: Chris Kunitz was credited with a game-winning goal Saturday in Pittsburgh's win against the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: The front-line forward totaled four shots on goal and dished out four hits. Chris Kunitz saw just over 15 minutes (15:14 TOI) in a game the Penguins controlled from the get-go.

10/10/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Kunitz Rolls A Lucky Seven In Opener

News: Chris Kunitz (illness) collected an assist and registered a game-high seven hits Thursday against the Ducks.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz has kept his spot on the Pens' No. 1 power play. Combined with the addition of Patric Hornqvist to the top unit, Pittsburgh now has two net-front presences on the man advantage -- something the organization hasn't enjoyed in years. Kunitz is playing like he has a chip on his shoulder thus far -- and that's a good thing for fantasy owners.

10/8/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Returns To Practice

News: Chris Kunitz (illness) returned to practice Wednesday.
Analysis: He sat out Tuesday's session after feeling under the weather, but it looks like he'll be available in a full capacity for Thursday's opener versus the Ducks.

10/7/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Penguins' Kunitz Dealing With Illness

News: Chris Kunitz missed Tuesday's practice with an illness, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz was given the day to rest up, and he will have another to do so again before the Penguins kick off the regular season. Kunitz should be able to play in Thursday's season opener, but expect an update on his status prior to game time either way.

9/25/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz In Line For Preseason Debut Saturday

News: Penguins coach Mike Johnston said he expects Chris Kunitz to receive clearance to play in Saturday's exhibition against the Blue Jackets, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz has been a fixture on the ice for most of the week, suggesting the injury that bothered him last weekend isn't much of a concern anymore. With linemate Sidney Crosby also expected to return to the lineup Saturday, it shouldn't take long for the duo to reestablish the rapport they showed last season.

9/23/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Practicing Tuesday

News: Chris Kunitz was on the ice for Tuesday's practice, Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: After sitting out Monday's preaseason opener, Chris Kunitz was on the ice Tuesday, a likely indication that his absence was simply for precautionary reasons.

9/22/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Held Out Of Preseason Opener

News: Chris Kunitz is dealing with an undisclosed injury and didn't suit up in Monday's preseason opener, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz joined Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the press box, as the team brass decided it was in the best interest of their battered stars to rest. Kunitz first acquired the injury during Saturday's practice, but it's not believed to be an ailment that would jeopardize his availability for the start of the regular season.

5/7/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Kunitz Bags Insurance Goal For Pittsburgh

News: Chris Kunitz scored the Penguins' fourth goal in Wednesday's Game 4 win over the Rangers in Game 4 of the team's Metropolitan Division Final, his third goal of the postseason.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz had not scored for several games but had three assists over a a four game span and now owns a point in each of the past three games against the Rangers. He remains one of the team's top scoring options and will again be counted upon to deliver as the Pens likely will move on to the Eastern Conference Finals.

5/4/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Assists In Sunday Win

News: Chris Kunitz was credited with a power-play assist in Sunday's 3-0 shutout win over the Rangers.
Analysis: After going pointless with a minus-3 rating in Game 1 of the series, he finished plus-1, with four PIM and two hits Sunday. Chris Kunitz now has two goals and six points in the postseason.