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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%: 99/78 | Average Draft Position: 43.88
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2/25/2015

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Kunitz Helps Pens To Wednesday Win

News: Chris Kunitz netted his 16th goal and assisted on a power-play marker Wednesday in Washington.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz could've had more points if not for goalie Braden Holtby's point-blank range robbery of Kunitz early in the first period. The veteran forward skated on Pittsburgh's No. 1 power-play unit over David Perron, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the two players flip-flop, given the team's struggles. Kunitz now has 16 goals and 37 points in 53 games.

2/21/2015

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Finding It Tough To Score

News: Chris Kunitz was held pointless for the eighth time in 10 games Saturday.
Analysis: He finished plus-2 with three hits. In a move backed by coach Mike Johnston, Chris Kunitz was moved off of Sidney Crosby's line. Although Crosby is a big proponent of Kunitz skating with him, the team likely needed a change. Kunitz played left wing with Evgeni Malkin and Blake Comeau, so it's not as if the veteran was demoted to a grinding line. Kunitz, who has scored 15 goals and 35 points in 51 games, is pointing at his lowest rate since his first full season in Pittsburgh back in 2009-10.

2/7/2015

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT Kunitz Pays Off For Pens On Friday

Chris Kunitz

Kunitz Pays Off For Pens On Friday

News: Kunitz tallied three assists Friday for the first time since Feb. 11, 2011 against Winnipeg. "Chris Kunitz had one of the best games I've seen him play in a long time," Pens coach Mike Johnston told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He was skating and making plays."
Analysis: The top line of Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby and David Perron combined for eight points in a 4-0 win over Calgary. At 35, Kunitz may have lost step but he's playing his best hockey of the year right now. Keep in mind that it appears that he's the odd man out on Pittsburgh's top power-play unit when the team is healthy, though health has never been the team's strong suit.

1/30/2015

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Continues To Rebound Friday

News: Chris Kunitz's late third-period goal gave Pittsburgh a regulation tie in a game it would go on to win in overtime Friday.
Analysis: Despite uneven production in 2014-15, Chris Kunitz ranks second on the team with 15 goals and is tied with Evgeni Malkin for the team lead in power-play goals with eight. He registered only two shots on goal and one hit against the Devils, but now has six points (3G, 3A) in his last eight tilts.

1/20/2015

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Scores Rare Shorty Tuesday

News: Chris Kunitz potted his first short-handed goal of the season -- and fifth in 11 NHL seasons -- Tuesday against Philadelphia.
Analysis: The left winger might not be the player he was a couple years ago, but he does have five goals and nine points in his last 12 games. He's also back seeing consistent time with Sidney Crosby, though that could change when Patric Hornqvist returns from IR in a couple weeks.

1/14/2015

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Nets Two Points Tuesday

News: Chris Kunitz snapped a three-game scoreless slump with a power-play goal -- the game-winner -- and an assist in Tuesday's win over the Wild.
Analysis: Although this wasn't sorely needed production for the Pens, since they put up seven goals Tuesday, it's good to see Chris Kunitz back on the board. The Pittsburgh offense generated just five goals over his three-game skid.

1/10/2015

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Back With Crosby

News: After a demotion to the team's third line in late December, coach Mike Johnston has returned Chris Kunitz to the left wing spot next to Sidney Crosby in recent games.
Analysis: Although he failed to register a point in Pittsburgh's 2-1 OT win Saturday, Chris Kunitz played fairly well, setting up Crosby nicely after an overtime takeaway in the offensive zone. The 35-year-old has probably lost a step but is set to continue seeing opportunities with Crosby. It's possible that he moves to the Pens' second line when Patric Hornqvist returns, but Hornqvist isn't due back anytime soon.

1/3/2015

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Playing Better Despite Line Change

News: Chris Kunitz skated on Pittsburgh's third line Saturday with Brandon Sutter and Beau Bennett, going pointless with two shots and a minus-1 rating.
Analysis: Despite the demotion, Chris Kunitz has looked re-energized lately, scoring five points and registering 16 hits in his last six games. He still has a spot on the team's top power-play unit and could end up back with Sidney Crosby when Steve Downie cools off, gets hurt or suspended.

1/1/2015

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT Pens' Kunitz Rings In New Year With Two Points

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Rings In New Year With Two Points

News: Chris Kunitz captured his 11th goal of the season and added an assist in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over the Hurricanes.
Analysis: It hasn't taken Chris Kunitz long to round into form after coming off injured reserve Dec. 20. In his six games since returning from the broken foot, the winger has posted two goals, two assists and a plus-3 rating.

12/23/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Scores Tuesday

News: Chris Kunitz converted a back-handed breakaway shot for his 10th goal of the season and second in his last 15 contests Friday in Tampa Bay.
Analysis: He was all alone after coming out of the penalty box and beat rookie tender Andrei Vasilevskiy. Chris Kunitz has a respectable 21 points in 26 games but hasn't looked good since October. Perhaps Tuesday's pretty goal can put him back on track.

12/20/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Returns Saturday

News: Despite hitting a post with one shot attempt, Chris Kunitz went pointless in his return from a fractured foot Saturday against the Panthers.
Analysis: He skated almost 20 minutes (19:18 TOI), recording two PIM, two hits, one block and one shot on goal. Chris Kunitz looked rusty at times but fantasy owners will likely want to put him back in their lineups -- now that he's healthy -- for Week 12.

12/20/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Confirmed Saturday

News: Chris Kunitz is confirmed back in the Pens' lineup Saturday, skating left wing on a line with Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist.
Analysis: The trio will look to regain some of its early-season fantasy magic. Chris Kunitz had picked up points in his last three games before getting hurt Nov. 29 and will look to make it four straight games Saturday.

12/20/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Penguins Activate Kunitz From IR

News: Chris Kunitz (foot) was activated from injured reserve Saturday, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: The activation was a foregone conclusion after Chris Kunitz declared himself ready to play following his participation in the Penguins' morning skate. He's slated to reclaim his spot on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist, while also joining the top power-play unit. The winger has potted nine goals and added 11 assists over his 23 games this season.

12/20/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Preparing To Play Saturday

News: Chris Kunitz (foot) took part in Saturday's morning skate and is expected to play later in the evening against the Panthers, NHL.com's Wes Crosby reports.
Analysis: Chris Kunitz took part in line rushes and was also a participant in power-play drills, an indication the Penguins are treating him as if he'll be active Saturday. The team will still need to bring him back from injured reserve, but that appears to be just a formality at this point. Kunitz has been out since Nov. 29 with the fractured foot, missing eight games as a result.

12/19/2014

Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT

Chris Kunitz

Pens' Kunitz Returning Saturday?

News: Chris Kunitz (foot) will likely return to the lineup Saturday against Florida, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Pens coach Mike Johnston said Friday that Chris Kunitz is a game-time decision but added he's "really close right now." The forward, who's scored nine goals and 20 points in 23 games, was paired with Evgeni Malkin prior to getting hurt. Johnston has yet to reveal whether Kunitz will skate with Malkin or Sidney Crosby upon his return.

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.