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Chris Kunitz | Winger

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (36) / 9/26/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
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Chris Kunitz was back on Pittsburgh's top line at Monday's practice.
He will probably start Tuesday's game against San Jose alongside Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis. "Hopefully that chemistry can pick back up," Kunitz said. "Obviously you want to be producing more offensively. You want to help out your team." He has contributed just three goals and no assists in 23 games this season. Dec 1 - 4:00 PM

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Chris Kunitz took warmups and is dressed for the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night against the Vancouver Canucks.

Kunitz had missed a couple of recent practices with an undisclosed ailment but participated in the morning skate Wednesday morning and considered a game time decision. He's slated to play on the third line alongside Nick Bonino and Beau Bennett. He's struggled in 2015-16, scoring only two goals in 11 games.
Nov 4 - 9:53 PM

Chris Kunitz will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game, according to coach Mike Johnston.

He sat out two straight practices prior to taking part in Wednesday's morning skate. Kunitz is optimistic that he'll be in the lineup against Vancouver.
Nov 4 - 3:24 PM

Chris Kunitz didn't practice Tuesday and his status for Wednesday's game hasn't been determined yet.

He didn't skate on Sunday either due to "maintenance," so perhaps he is dealing with an injury. Kunitz has two goals in 11 games this season.
Nov 3 - 5:49 PM

Chris Kunitz took Sunday's practice off for maintenance reasons.

Sometimes players that miss a practice with maintenance being stated as the reason are actually dealing with an injury significant enough to force them to miss playing time, but that might not be the case here. Kunitz is 36 years old and had just played in three games over four days, so it's reasonable to believe that he needed a breather. He has two goals in 11 games this season.
Nov 2 - 8:41 AM

Good things happen when you go to the net, Chris Kunitz did just that to open the scoring on Saturday.

Late in the first period, Kunitz followed up a David Perron shot that goalie Jonathan Bernier thought he had squeezed. As it turns out, the puck trickled through and Kunitz picked up his first power play goal of the season. The Penguins would go on to win 4-0 over the Maple Leafs.
Oct 31 - 10:28 PM

Chris Kunitz finally scored his first goal of the season Saturday.

It was also his first point as he had zilch in his previous seven games. While he practiced on the third line Friday, he was with Evgeni Malkin and Matt Cullen who both assisted on his goal. "You want to help your team offensively," Kunitz said. "Things haven't been going my way. Geno made a nice drop pass. I just tried to put a good shot on net, and it found its way in." He last scored on March 29 so it was a long time coming for the veteran.
Oct 25 - 8:31 AM

Chris Kunitz found himself out of the top-six forwards Friday and on the third line.

Kunitz was placed alongside Daniel Sprong and Nick Bonino while David Perron, who was also a top six forward until Friday, was on the fourth line with Matt Cullen and Bryan Rust. Both Kunitz and Perron lose a lot of fantasy value with these moves and we suggest benching them and hope there is a change in plan in the near future. Kunitz has no points in seven games so the shake up should be no surprise.
Oct 24 - 9:06 AM

Chris Kunitz will begin the season on a line with Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel.

Kunitz has meshed with Crosby in the past and adding Kessel to it only makes Kunitz's job more enviable. He was limited to 17 goals and 40 points in 74 contests last season, but he's worth taking a chance on given his linemates.
Oct 8 - 6:25 PM

Chris Kunitz has been playing alongside Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel.

That's obviously an ideal situation for any player and given Kunitz's experience playing with Crosby, it wouldn't be shocking if that line carries into the regular season. Kunitz was limited to 40 points last season, but even at the age of 35 (36 on Sept. 26), he should be capable of bouncing back under those circumstances.
Sep 23 - 10:08 AM

Although Chris Kunitz is no longer a lock to play on the Penguins' top line, it hasn't been ruled out either.

"It's wide open for (Kunitz)," Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said. "His overall season wasn't as good last year as what was expected, but he's still a good player. If he has a good offseason, he can come in and play on the top line if he's ready to go. He's not a guy that I was out there trying to move to another team (in a trade). I still believe in him." Kunitz had 17 goals and 40 points in 74 games last season. At the age of 35 (36 in September), we wouldn't count on him bouncing back.
Jul 16 - 10:38 AM

Chris Kunitz had a big game on Saturday with a goal and two assists.

That ought to keep all his playoff fantasy owners happy. Kunitz played well alongside Sidney Crosby Saturday as the duo led the team to a 4-3 win in Game 2. " ‘Kuni' is a heckuva player for a reason," defenseman Ian Cole said. "He's been on this team for a long time. He's been a leader on this team for a long time. He puts forth an effort and certainly a style of play that I think is beneficial to everyone on this team and obviously beneficial to Sid.That's beneficial for everyone. I think you really see them working well together. They're certainly one of those twosomes that everyone talks about in this league."
Apr 19 - 8:41 AM

Chris Kunitz had only three goals in his last 37 games.

Kunitz ended the season with only 17 goals and 40 points after a 35 goal, 68 point effort in 2013-14. The winger gets plenty of power play time as well as top-six minutes but will have to do a lot better scoring-wise if he hopes to keep his spot alongside Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.
Apr 13 - 9:46 AM

Chris Kunitz scored a goal in Sunday's 3-2 shootout win over San Jose.

The Penguins got goals from Kunitz and Patric Hornqvist less than a minute apart in the first period but they were unable to hold on to that lead. Fortunately for Pittsburgh, both David Perron and Sidney Crosby were able to score in the shootout. Kunitz hasn't produced as much as he did one year ago and he entered tonight's action with no points in his last 11 contests. The 35-year-old now has 17 goals and 40 points in 68 games this season.
Mar 29 - 10:32 PM

Chris Kunitz has recorded one goal in his last 21 games.

He hasn't scored a goal in his last nine outings and he's gone pointless in six straight matches. "Lately, he's missed some great opportunities," coach Mike Johnston said. "He's going to start burying some of those." Kunitz has 16 markers and 39 points in 62 games this season.
Mar 19 - 4:04 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Nick Bonino
4Eric Fehr
5Matt Cullen
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Sergei Plotnikov
3David Perron
4Beau Bennett
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Pascal Dupuis
4Daniel Sprong
5Bryan Rust
D1Kris Letang
2Olli Maatta
3Ian Cole
4Ben Lovejoy
5Rob Scuderi
6Brian Dumoulin
7Adam Clendening
8David Warsofsky
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Jeff Zatkoff