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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%: 100/97 | Average Draft Position: 44.32
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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.

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.