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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%: 99/84 | Average Draft Position: 33.31
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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.

4/26/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Kunitz Helps Pens To Game 5 Win With Physical Play

News: Chris Kunitz led Pittsburgh with six hits Saturday, creating space for his two linemates, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz looked healthy for the first time in a while Saturday and finished with a positive plus-minus rating (plus-1) for the first time in the five game-long series. Kunitz's physical play kept Pittsburgh within striking distance of Columbus in the hits category -- the Jackets finished with 37 while Pittsburgh collected 34. Neither Crosby nor Malkin played particularly well Saturday, but Kunitz's strong performance could keep the unit together for Game 6.

4/26/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT Kunitz Huge In Pittsburgh Win

Chris Kunitz

Kunitz Huge In Pittsburgh Win

News: Chris Kunitz grabbed a goal and an assist in Saturday's 3-1 win over Columbus in Game 5 of the Metropolitan Division semifinals, giving him four points in the last three games.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz knotted up the game in the second period and notched an assist on Kris Letang's empty-netter. He remains even more important for the Penguins as the team's two all-world centers have been rather quiet by their own lofty standards. Kunitz has all four of his points in the last three games and remains one of the team's top offensive performers.

4/13/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Plays In Finale On Sunday

News: Chris Kunitz returned to the lineup Sunday and tallied a power-play assist against the Senators.
Analysis: He took a couple first-period spills but finished with 19 minutes of action. Chris Kunitz scored four goals and six points in five regular-season games against Columbus, the Pens' first-round playoff opponent.

4/13/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz (Undisclosed) Out Saturday

News: Chris Kunitz (undisclosed) will miss Saturday's game against the Flyers.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz left the ice during Friday's practice for something non-injury related. It is unclear what is causing him to miss the game, whether it be an illness or something personal, but it shouldn't be something that causes him to miss time in the playoffs. It will be interesting to see if he plays tomorrow against Ottawa or if his regular season has come to a close.

4/12/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Misses Saturday But Could Play Sunday

News: As expected, Chris Kunitz (undisclosed) did not play Saturday afternoon against the Flyers.
Analysis: If he's really hurt then the team will give him Sunday night off, too. That said, the organization won't want him to go too long between games so close to the postseason. For that reason, there's a good chance he suits up Sunday against the Sens.

4/12/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Kunitz Leaves Pens' Practice Friday

News: Chris Kunitz left the ice during Friday's practice with an "excused absence" which was not injury related, according to coach Dan Bylsma, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Bylsma said he would not rest his players Saturday and that his lineup was a game-time decision. Chris Kunitz leaving in the middle of practice is a little suspicious and the team has given him time off in recent weeks. It's possible Pittsburgh rests the winger either Saturday or Sunday.

4/10/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Back Wednesday

News: Chris Kunitz will play Wednesday after missing Sunday's tilt in Minnesota with a lower-body injury, the Penguins' website reports.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz has already set career-best marks with 35 goals and 67 points, but the left winger has cooled off since the end of January. He has 11 points (8G, 3A) in 22 games since Jan. 30.

4/6/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Penguins' Kunitz Out Sunday

News: Chris Kunitz (lower body) will not play Sunday against the Avs.
Analysis: Sidney Crosby, Olli Maatta and Brooks Orpik will also sit Sunday, with the report suggesting that Chris Kunitz's injury is not expected to be long-term in nature.

4/1/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT Kunitz Stays Hot For Pens On Tuesday

Chris Kunitz

Kunitz Stays Hot For Pens On Tuesday

News: Chris Kunitz picked up his 35th goal Tuesday, giving him three goals and five points in his last four contests.
Analysis: It looked like the line of Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby and Lee Stempniak might be off to the races after Kunitz's first-period goal, but the team went flat and failed to generate any more offense against Carolina. With six regular-season games remaining, the left winger has an outside shot at reaching 40 goals.

3/28/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Kunitz Ties Crosby For Pens' Goal-Scoring Lead

News: Chris Kunitz collected his 34th goal -- and his second in as many games -- Friday night in Columbus.
Analysis: It looks like the 34-year-old winger might be coming around after a recent slump. With 34 goals and 64 points, Chris Kunitz has already set a number of career highs with eight regular-season games still remaining.

3/27/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Heating Up?

News: Chris Kunitz snapped a three-game pointless slide with his 33rd goal of the season Thursday.
Analysis: The score still gives Chris Kunitz just eight points (six goals, two assists) in his last 17 games. The left winger seems to play better with a physical edge to his game, and he has nine hits in his last two contests -- matching his total from the previous eight.

3/25/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT Pens' Kunitz Cooling Off

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Cooling Off

News: Chris Kunitz was held pointless for the fourth straight game Tuesday and has just six points in his last 16 contests.
Analysis: A leg contusion which caused him to miss a couple games recently could be partially to blame for his slump. The left winger has 13 goals and 21 points on the power play, but just one (a goal) since the end of January. With nine games remaining, Chris Kunitz has a chance to build on his career-high 62 points, but he's encountered a bump in the road in recent contests.

3/19/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Penguins' Kunitz A Game-Time Decision

News: Chris Kunitz (leg) is a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Stars.
Analysis: The winger last suited up on March 11, but after skating with Sidney Crosby and Lee Stempniak in the Penguins' morning skate, Chris Kunitz appears to have a solid shot to return to action Tuesday night.

3/18/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Has Two Points In Return

News: Chris Kunitz has a goal, an assist, and six penalty minutes in his return to the lineup on Tuesday against Dallas.
Analysis: It was a good return for Chris Kunitz, who helped get Pittsburgh's top line clicking again. That line (Kunitz, Sidney Crosby, and Lee Stempniak) combined for eight points in the win.

3/18/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz To Play Tuesday

News: Chris Kunitz (leg) will return to the lineup Tuesday vs. the Stars.
Analysis: The Penguins will also get James Neal (concussion) back in the lineup Tuesday, putting the team at full strength in their top-six. Chris Kunitz skated on his usual line alongside Sidney Crosby and Lee Stempniak during pregame warmups and figures to be a safe play for fantasy owners.

3/17/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Bylsma Optimistic On Kunitz

News: Kunitz (leg) appears to be a better bet returning to action Tuesday than James Neal, according to coach Dan Bylsma. "Chris Kunitz was on the ice skating again today, a full practice," Bylsma told the Penguins' website. "He went out before practice and a full practice. We'll see where he goes (for) tomorrow's game."
Analysis: Chris Kunitz was a game-time decision for both games over the weekend. Unless he suffers a setback before Tuesday's tilt, look for him to return against the Stars.

3/17/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz May Play Tuesday

News: Coach Dan Bylsma said Chris Kunitz (leg) may return to the lineup Tuesday vs. the Stars.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz skated briefly on his own before Monday's practice, then joined his teammates on the ice for the full session, which can probably be interpreted as a sign he's nearing a return. He missed both of the Penguins' games over the weekend with the injury, and should be viewed as a game-time decision for Tuesday.

3/16/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Sits Again Sunday

News: Chris Kunitz (leg) will not plays Sunday against the Flyers, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz missed Saturday and while coach Dan Bylsma wouldn't immediately rule him out for the full weekend, he didn't exactly sound optimistic either. Continue to view him as day-to-day.

3/15/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz May Have Shot To Play Sunday

News: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Saturday that Chris Kunitz (leg) has not been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz missed Saturday's game (also against the Flyers) but it's quite clear that he's merely day-to-day. While a Sunday return is up in the air, it sounds like he should be back during the upcoming week, at the very least.

3/15/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Out Saturday

News: Chris Kunitz (leg) won't play against Philadelphia on Saturday.
Analysis: Jayson Megna will replace him in the lineup. Chris Kunitz could return as soon as Sunday.

3/14/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Game-Time Decision Saturday

News: Chris Kunitz (leg) was back on the ice for practice Friday and will be a game-time decision Saturday against Philadelphia, the Penguins' website reports.
Analysis: Unless he suffers a setback, Chris Kunitz should be good to go against the Flyers. The left winger has 59 points in 65 games, but has only five points (all goals) in his last 14 contests. The Pens will need his production more than ever with James Neal (concussion) out.

3/14/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Receives Maintenance Day

News: Chris Kunitz was given practice off Thursday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz hit his leg on the Capitals' goalpost in Tuesday's victory, but managed to stay in the game despite probably playing with some limitations. Although coach Dan Bylsma characterized Kunitz's absence from practice as a maintenance day, there's still a slight chance he could be scratched Saturday vs. the Flyers if any pain continues to linger. Fantasy owners may want to keep an eye on him the next two days just to be safe.

3/11/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Takes Tuesday Licking, Keeps Ticking

News: Chris Kunitz absorbed a heavy collision with his right leg and the Washington goal post Tuesday, but missed just one shift.
Analysis: A night after potting two goals, Chris Kunitz was held pointless. More importantly to Kunitz and his fantasy owners, it doesn't appear he'll miss any action due to his nasty impact with the post. The team will monitor Kunitz going forward, but with Pittsburgh off until Saturday, it's likely the winger will be good to go against Philly.