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Chris Kunitz

35-Year-Old Left Wing – Pittsburgh Penguins

2014-15 NHL Stats

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2014-15 NHL Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

Kunitz set career highs in goals (35) and points (68) in 2013-14, but tailed off as the season progressed. The 35-year-old left winger totaled 55 points in 54 contests through January, but ended the campaign with only 13 points in his final 24 games. Furthermore, he produced...

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SHOOTS: Left   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 195   DOB: 9/26/1979   BORN: Regina, Saskatchewan   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Agreed to a three-year, $11.55 contract extension with Pittsburgh in June of 2013.

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Kunitz tallied two power-play points, including a goal and an assist, in a 3-2 loss to the Stars on Thursday.

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Chris Kunitz NHL Stats
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Season Age League Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG SH% GWG SHG TOI/G G A Pts TOI/G Hits BS
2005-06 26 69 19 22 41 16 71 149 12.8 2 1 5 0 5
2006-07 27 81 25 35 60 23 81 180 13.9 5 0 11 0 11
2007-08 28 82 21 29 50 8 80 196 10.7 6 1 7 0 7
2008-09 29 82 23 30 53 12 71 178 12.9 3 0 16:26 6 5 11 2:15 206 24
2009-10 30 50 13 19 32 3 39 131 9.9 0 1 16:26 2 5 7 2:19 112 15
2010-11 31 NHL PIT 66 23 25 48 18 47 133 17.3 2 1 18:17 7 4 11 4:33 155 14
2011-12 32 NHL PIT 82 26 35 61 16 49 230 11.3 3 0 18:19 6 12 18 3:53 180 28
2012-13 33 NHL PIT 48 22 30 52 30 39 113 19.5 5 0 18:01 9 7 16 5:00 104 13
2013-14 34 NHL PIT 78 35 33 68 25 66 218 16.1 8 0 19:09 13 9 22 4:14 157 25
2014-15 35 NHL PIT 5 2 3 5 0 4 14 14.3 1 0 17:58 2 1 3 3:34 27 1
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17:58

Average Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Chris Kunitz was on the ice for 17:58.

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Average Power Play Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Chris Kunitz was on the ice for 3:34 during power plays.

Year Ice Time Power Play Ice Time
2012-13 18:01 5:00
2013-14 19:09 4:14
2014-15 17:58 3:34

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Chris Kunitz 2014-15 NHL Game Log
Date Opponent G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
Oct 22 PHI 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 4 0 17:11 1:21
Oct 18 NYI 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 5 0 19:08 3:51
Oct 16 DAL 1 1 2 -1 0 1 1 0 6 16.7 7 0 18:44 4:28
Oct 11 at TOR 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 25.0 4 0 15:14 3:49
Oct 9 ANH 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 7 1 19:35 4:20

Chris Kunitz: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Kunitz was credited with a game-winning goal Saturday in Pittsburgh's win against the Maple Leafs.

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Kunitz (illness) collected an assist and registered a game-high seven hits Thursday against the Ducks.

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Kunitz (illness) returned to practice Wednesday.

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Kunitz missed Tuesday's practice with an illness, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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Penguins coach Mike Johnston said he expects Kunitz to receive clearance to play in Saturday's exhibition against the Blue Jackets, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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Kunitz was on the ice for Tuesday's practice, Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review reports.

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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.

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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.

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Kunitz was credited with a power-play assist in Sunday's 3-0 shutout win over the Rangers.

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Kunitz led Pittsburgh with six hits Saturday, creating space for his two linemates, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

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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.

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Kunitz returned to the lineup Sunday and tallied a power-play assist against the Senators.

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2014-15

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2013-14

Kunitz eclipsed the point-per-game mark for the first time in 2012-13, netting 22 goals and 52 points in 48 contests. He also contributed with 16 power-play points (9G, 7A) and finished second among top-50 scorers with 104 hits. A late-season slowdown -- 13 points in his final 20 contests -- is a warning to fantasy owners not to overvalue him on draft day, however. Kunitz will likely skate with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis once again, giving him plenty of value as a multi-category player. That said, expecting more than 60 points out of the 34-year-old would probably be a mistake.

2012-13

Yet another Penguin who reached his career high in goals, Kunitz netted 26 while adding 35 assists and 18 power-play points in 2011-12. The muscle behind the Evgeni Malkin-James Neal line, the Regina, Saskatchewan native registered 180 hits, most among Pittsburgh forwards. He also finished third with 230 shots. Kunitz might be one of the lesser heralded fantasy assets in Pittsburgh, but he's a consistent threat in several fantasy categories. There's a chance he moves back onto a line with Sidney Crosby, but lining up with Malkin or Crosby is like picking between cake and ice cream. There's good reason to expect 55-60 points from Kunitz in 2012-13.

2011-12

Kunitz is an unheralded, injury-prone linemate of Sidney Crosby who has missed 48 games in the last two seasons. He scored 48 points (23 G, 25 A) in 66 contests in 2010-11 and figures to pick up points at a similar pace going forward. Kunitz's physical style lends itself to the monthly injury, so don't expect him to suit up on a nightly basis. At the same time, he's shown an ability to play alongside Crosby that few others have offered, making him a worthy fantasy selection. Kunitz also collected 155 hits in limited action, giving him added value in leagues that count such a statistic. Expect another 40-60 point season from Kunitz, just be ready to replace him whenever he gets hurt.

2010-11

Kunitz was slammed with injuries last season. He ended up needing surgery to correct an abdominal issue, sustained a torn groin, and was bothered by a bum shoulder. So, if Russian Roulette is your game, Kunitz could be the revolving ball that determines your do-or-die fate. On the right side of the bet he will showcase lengthy tears of offensive wonderment, but a bad gamble could mean that the myriad of injuries has crept back up and haunted his game. For what it's worth, Kunitz is coming off a stellar postseason in which he posted four goals and seven assists. Are you feeling lucky?

2009-10

Kunitz has scored somewhere between 21 and 25 goals in each of the last three seasons. He struggled with one goal in 24 playoff games last year, but that appears to be more likely a blip on the radar than a long-term problem. Kunitz's scoring rate with Pittsburgh last year -- 18 points in 20 regular season contests -- figures to fall off, but he still has a chance to eclipse his season-high point total of 60.

2008-09

Playing on Anaheim's top line offers Kunitz plenty of opportunities to produce, but that could change if Teemu Selanne is re-signed before the start of the season. Kunitz is a big part of the Ducks scoring output (21 G, 29 A last season) and playing along side of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry along with plenty of power-play shifts means if he stays healthy he has a good shot of making a difference on your fantasy team and putting up numbers comparable to his 2006-07 breakout season when he had his first 25-goal campaign and along with 35 assists. Kunitz has played 80-plus games for three consecutive seasons, with 50-plus points twice during the span. With Getzlaf establishing himself as an elite playmaker and scorer, Kunitz can do nothing but ride those coattails and continue to improve, even if he bounces around between Getzlaf's line and Brendan Morrison's group.

2007-08

Kunitz had a breakout campaign last season, tallying 60 points (nearly 20 more than his previous season's output) while ranking fourth on the team in that department. He was just signed to a four-year contract extension so he should feel more comfortable knowing that the Ducks want him around and think of him as a big part of the team's success.

2006-07

Kunitz could be bumped from the Ducks' top line, depending on how the cards fall with Stanislav Chistov, so avoid expectations of anything more than 40-point season until his linemates are determined.

2005-06

Although he might make the team, Kunitz won't provide much fantasy value until he has some true NHL seasoning under his belt. We'll give him at least one full season before we give you any recommendations.

2004-05