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Chris Kunitz | Winger | #14

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (37) / 9/26/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
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Chris Kunitz practiced on the first power play unit Friday.
Kunitz took the place of Patric Hornqvist who was demoted to the second unit (taking Kunitz's place). "I don’t think it changes," Kunitz said. "We’ve switched it up a bit through the playoffs at different times. Sometimes, [the coaches] like the left look in front rather than the right hand there. Whoever gets called upon, me and [Hornqvist] are fairly similar in that area in that we we want to be in front, try to find tips, try to retrieve pucks, try to get them to [teammates]." "He’s a left-handed shot, and [Hornqvist] is a right-handed shot," said center Sidney Crosby. "So I think just understanding when they’re going to be in one-timer positions and when they’re going to be in more of a passing option. That kind of thing, but other than that, they both kind of hang out in the same spot. It’s pretty familiar with both." Jun 4 - 10:51 AM

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Chris Kunitz extended his point streak to six games on Monday night.

He collected an assist on a goal by Bryan Rust in the first period of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Kunitz has scored seven of his 11 points this postseason during his current hot streak.
May 31 - 9:26 AM

Chris Kunitz had a maintenance day Saturday and missed practice.

Kunitz is currently on a five game points streak with three goals and six points in that span. He has 10 points in 18 games and will likely line up on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Game 7 hero Brian Rust.
May 29 - 9:40 AM

Chris Kunitz is on a five game scoring streak.

Kunitz has three goals and six points during the streak to give him four goals and 10 points in 18 post-season games. He has been a leader with the Penguins as far as hits go as well as he had 25 hits in seven games against the Lightning. "He just kept going at them," assistant coach Rick Tocchet said. "Tampa had no answer for him. He kept getting in on the forecheck. He was hitting. I think he wore down a lot of their defense with his hits. He’s a small guy, but he hits like a truck." Kunitz is now playing with Evgeni Malkin and Game 7 hero Bryan Rust and the trio give the Penguins a very good second line.
May 28 - 9:58 AM

Chris Kunitz registered an assist in Game 7 versus Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

He had the primary helper on the first of Bryan Rust's two goals in the contest. Kunitz has earned at least one point in each of his last five playoff games. He has notched three goals and three assists during his scoring spree.
May 27 - 8:34 AM

Chris Kunitz scored a goal and an assist in Sunday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second period before the Lightning came back to tie it at two. That's when Kunitz found the back of the net to restore the Penguins' lead to 3-2. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, the Lightning went on to tie the game late in regulation before Tyler Johnson won it in overtime. Kunitz has four goals and eight points in 16 games this postseason. Pittsburgh is one loss away from being eliminated from the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.
May 22 - 11:28 PM

Chris Kunitz found the back of the net in a 4-2 win against Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

Kunitz has two goals and five points in 14 postseason contests. Over his career in the playoffs, he has 23 goals and 74 points in 131 games.
May 19 - 11:09 AM

Chris Kunitz skated alongside Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist for most of his five-on-five playing time in Game 2 versus Tampa Bay on Monday night.

"I was just trying to create a little bit of a spark with those guys," said coach Mike Sullivan. "Sid has had some success with [Kunitz] and [Hornqvist] for a lot of the regular season and I thought I would try to go back to that and see how it went. It gave me an opportunity to move a few people into [Crosby's] line or [Malkin's] line ... I tried to create a little bit of a spark for those guys." Kunitz had some great chances in the match, but he didn't register a point. He finished with four shots and nine hits.
May 17 - 8:54 AM

Chris Kunitz was back on the ice Monday after he received maintenance on Sunday.

Kunitz has recorded just one goal in 12 playoff games to go with three assists. He is expected to play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final, but that was never in doubt.
May 16 - 1:21 PM

Chris Kunitz didn't take part in the Penguins' practice on Sunday.

Mike Sullivan said Kunitz was just taking a maintenance day. Kunitz should be fine to play in Game 2 on Monday night. The 36-year-old has one goal and four points in 12 games this postseason.
May 15 - 1:21 PM

Chris Kunitz had an assist in Pittsburgh's 4-3 overtime victory against Washington Tuesday night.

Kunitz has a goal and four points in 11 playoff games. Over his career he's appeared in 128 postseason contests and has scored 22 goals and 73 points over that span.
May 11 - 10:32 AM

Chris Kunitz notched the only goal for the Penguins in their 3-1 Game 5 loss to the Capitals on Saturday night.

Kunitz played his best game, but the rest of the Penguins didn’t follow suit. The goal was his first of the playoffs, and he only has two assists. Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby picked up the helpers. The Penguins lead the series 3-2.
May 7 - 10:11 PM

Chris Kunitz will indeed play in Saturday's Game 2 against Washington.

Kunitz has just one assist during six games played this postseason with 24 hits. We'd say he's "due", but he may be averaging just over 12 minutes a night for a reason.
Apr 30 - 8:03 PM

Chris Kunitz (undisclosed) is questionable for Game 2.

Kunitz was unlucky enough to be struck by the puck while sitting on the bench during Thursday's contest. The incident occurred during overtime and he missed the rest of the game as a result. He also skipped Thursday's optional practice.
Apr 29 - 2:36 PM

Chris Kunitz wasn't on the ice for Friday's optional practice.

Kunitz wasn't the only one to take the option, so take his absence with a grain of salt. The only reason why it's noteworthy at all is because he was struck by the puck during overtime on Thursday and didn't play after that. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan didn't have an update on Kunitz after the game.
Apr 29 - 1:16 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Nick Bonino
4Matt Cullen
5Oskar Sundqvist
6Kevin Porter
7Scott Wilson
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Carl Hagelin
3Eric Fehr
4Conor Sheary
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Bryan Rust
4Tom Kuhnhackl
D1Kris Letang
2Olli Maatta
3Brian Dumoulin
4Trevor Daley
5Justin Schultz
6Derrick Pouliot
7Ian Cole
8Stuart Percy
G1Matt Murray
2Marc-Andre Fleury