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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 recorded an assist in the Penguins' 8-5 win against Ottawa on Monday.
Kunitz was playing in his second game since returning from a lower-body injury. He has two goals and 12 points in 20 contests in 2016-17. Dec 6 - 11:23 AM

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The Penguins are getting Chris Kunitz back from I/R on Saturday.

Pittsburgh's locker room just got a bit jollier. The 37-year-old has posted two goals and 11 points with 18 PIMs and 59 hits in just 18 games this season. So you should get him back in your lineup, too.
Dec 3 - 12:47 PM

Chris Kunitz (lower body) will not play Wednesday night against the Islanders.

The good news is that he took part in Tuesday's practice, where he rotated on the second line with Jake Guentzel, and he skated without a non-contact jersey. Kunitz may be getting closer to being ready to return.
Nov 29 - 1:12 PM

Chris Kunitz isn't expected to require surgery for his lower-body ailment.

He remains listed as week-to-week and was placed on injured reserve Monday.
Nov 22 - 5:56 PM

Updating an earlier item, Chris Kunitz is week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

He suffered a lower-body ailment last Wednesday, but he was fine to play on Friday and Saturday. It's unclear if this ailment is related that one.
Nov 21 - 11:55 AM

Chris Kunitz (undisclosed) has been placed on injured reserve by the Penguins.

This is a bit of a strange one because Pittsburgh hasn't announced anything on the nature or severity of Kunitz's injury. He picked up three assists in back-to-back games against the Islanders and Sabres this past weekend.
Nov 21 - 11:01 AM

Chris Kunitz will return to the lineup against the Islanders on Friday night.

The veteran winger is expected to skate to the left of Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust on the team's second line. Kunitz has posted six helpers and eight points with 16 PIMs and 54 hits in 16 games so far this season.
Nov 18 - 6:40 PM

Chris Kunitz sustained a lower-body injury on Wednesday.

He is considered day-to-day due to the ailment. Kunitz has recorded just two goals and eight points in 16 games this season.
Nov 17 - 8:02 PM

Chris Kunitz managed seven shots on goal against Toronto Saturday.

Kunitz managed to beat Frederik Andersen with one shot as he potted his second of the season. Kunitz has not been shooting the puck a lot this season so this was a pleasant surprise. "I haven’t really shot the puck much this year," he said. "It felt nice to put some there. It was nice when you get rewarded." Kunitz has eight points in 15 games so he could be a factor in very deep pools.
Nov 14 - 10:06 AM

Chris Kunitz had an assist in a 5-1 win versus Anaheim Wednesday night.

With that Kunitz is now on a three-game point streak. He has no goals and five assists in 10 games in 2016-17.
Nov 3 - 9:49 AM

Chris Kunitz ended a four-game pointless skid on Thursday with an assist against the Islanders.

Now, he will try to score his first goal of the season. Kunitz, Nick Bonino, Tom Kuhnhackl and Bryan Rust are still looking to contribute some goals in 2016-17. The Penguins have averaged just 2.38 goals per game, so they could use more offense from their depth players.
Oct 29 - 10:05 AM

Chris Kunitz is slated to play in his 500th game in a Penguins uniform on Saturday night.

He will be facing his former team, the Anaheim Ducks, which is where he won his first Stanley Cup in 2007. "I was pretty fortunate that 13 days in Atlanta didn't define my career," Kunitz said, "and I found my way to get back on a couple of teams and won some championships." He has captured two Cups with the Penguins (2009 and 2016).
Oct 15 - 10:18 AM

Chris Kunitz scored a pair of goals in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kunitz opened the scoring with a power play goal at the 2:31 mark of the third period and added his second of the game less than seven minutes later. The 37-year-old has seen his numbers dip quite a bit over the last couple of years and it's unlikely they'll climb higher this season. Kunitz will only be a fantasy option in deeper leagues.
Sep 28 - 11:41 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Nick Bonino
4Matt Cullen
5Jake Guentzel
6Scott 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
6Steven Oleksy
7Derrick Pouliot
8Ian Cole
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Matt Murray