Kunitz compiled his third straight multipoint effort with a pair of assists and was elevated to the team's top power-play unit Friday. The left winger replaced Evgeni Malkin on the man advantage, giving Pittsburgh two players (Kunitz and Patric Hornqvist) camped out in front of the net. Kunitz has scored four goals and 10 points in his last seven games.
Kunitz registered his ninth goal and added a pair of assists in a 6-5 victory over Ottawa on Tuesday. He entered Tuesday as a game-time decision and left with his biggest game of 2015-16. Kunitz finished with three hits and a plus-3 rating, showing no effects of the lower-body injury which limited him to one skate in the last week (prior to Tuesday). He's scored eight points (4G, 4A) in his last six contests but keep in mind he had only two points in the previous 13.
Kunitz (lower body) will play against Ottawa on Tuesday, Root Sports in Pittsburgh reports. He'll take his customary spot at left wing on Sidney Crosby's line. Kunitz has three goals and five points in his last five games and makes for a decent play against the Senators.
Pens coach Mike Sullivan reiterated after Tuesday's morning skate that Kunitz (lower body) will be a game-time decision against Ottawa. Kunitz, who didn't skate for more than a week prior to Monday's practice, is still not completely healthy. "I was definitely not at 100 percent, I thought I was going to be all right," he said of his Jan. 23 scratch. "And then I went out, and I was really limited in doing certain things." Kunitz has scored three goals and five points in his last five games.
Kunitz (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's tilt versus the Senators. The reason for Kunitz's absence over the past few games has been a bit of a mystery, and his status remains a bit unclear despite the fact that he participated in practice Monday. Still, the team should provide another update confirming his status at some point between Tuesday's morning skate and the evening's game against the Senators.
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