Kunitz (lower body) will suit up for Thursday's clash with Washington, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. Kunitz returns to the lineup after a 10-game absence and figures to slot in on the Pens' fourth line in favor of Carter Rowney or Tom Kuhnhackl. The gritty veteran's job will be to make life difficult for Caps netminder Braden Holtby -- a role he is all too familiar with.
Kunitz (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's pivotal Game 1 against the Capitals. Coach Mike Sullivan's strategy for the season has been to label potentially returning guys as game-time decisions, but after two days of practicing on the Pens' fourth line, it seems like a good bet that Kunitz will be back in action for the first time in 10 games. With the veteran ready to go, Tom Kuhnhackl and Carter Rowney figure to be the leading candidates to get bounced from the game-day lineup.
Kunitz (lower body) told reporters he expects to be ready to go for Game 1 against the Capitals on Thursday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports. Kunitz has been practicing without limitations, including taking line rushes on the Pens' fourth line according to Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop. Given coach Mike Sullivan's trends when dealing with returning players, the winger will almost certainly be labeled a game-time decision heading into Thursday's matchup, but all signs seem to indicate he will be ready to go.
Kunitz (lower body) took to the ice for the Penguins' practice Sunday sporting a non-contact uniform. He indicated after practice that he "felt alright. No issues." but he remains without a clear timeline for a return, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports. Kunitz's injury has cost him all of April thus far, but he appears to be making some progress toward rejoining the lineup. He and the Penguins have some additional rest on tap leading into a second-round series against either the Capitals or Maple Leafs, but there's still no guarantee he will be ready for Game 1. The winger will need to graduate to full contact before talks of his return start heating up, so expect another update when Kunitz reaches that point in his recovery.
Coach Mike Sullivan indicated Sunday that "Kunitz is going to be longer-term with a lower-body injury." It's an unfortunate turn of events for the Penguins, who could be without a key piece for part of the postseason depending on how long he's sidelined. Kunitz remains without a definite timetable at this point, but more information on that should surface when he's able to begin his rehab.
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