Chris Kunitz LW PIT 2 Months

Kunitz skated on Pittsburgh's third line Saturday with Brandon Sutter and Beau Bennett, going pointless with two shots and a minus-1 rating.

Despite the demotion, Kunitz has looked re-energized lately, scoring five points and registering 16 hits in his last six games. He still has a spot on the team's top power-play unit and could end up back with Sidney Crosby when Steve Downie cools off, gets hurt or suspended.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 2 Months

Kunitz captured his 11th goal of the season and added an assist in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over the Hurricanes.

It hasn't taken Kunitz long to round into form after coming off injured reserve Dec. 20. In his six games since returning from the broken foot, the winger has posted two goals, two assists and a plus-3 rating.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 2 Months

Kunitz converted a back-handed breakaway shot for his 10th goal of the season and second in his last 15 contests Friday in Tampa Bay.

He was all alone after coming out of the penalty box and beat rookie tender Andrei Vasilevskiy. Kunitz has a respectable 21 points in 26 games but hasn't looked good since October. Perhaps Tuesday's pretty goal can put him back on track.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 2 Months

Despite hitting a post with one shot attempt, Kunitz went pointless in his return from a fractured foot Saturday against the Panthers.

He skated almost 20 minutes (19:18 TOI), recording two PIM, two hits, one block and one shot on goal. Kunitz looked rusty at times but fantasy owners will likely want to put him back in their lineups -- now that he's healthy -- for Week 12.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 2 Months

Kunitz is confirmed back in Pens' lineup Saturday, skating left wing on a line with Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist.

The trio will look to regain some of the its early season fantasy magic. Kunitz had picked up points in his last three games before getting hurt Nov. 29 and will look to make it four straight games Saturday.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 2 Months

Kunitz (foot) was activated from injured reserve Saturday, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The activation was a foregone conclusion after Kunitz declared himself ready to play following his participation in the Penguins' morning skate. He's slated to reclaim his spot on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist, while also joining the top power-play unit. The winger has potted nine goals and added 11 assists over his 23 games on the season.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 2 Months

Kunitz (foot) took part in Saturday's morning skate and is expected to play later in the evening against the Panthers, NHL.com's Wes Crosby reports.

Kunitz took part in line rushes and was also a participant in power-play drills, an indication the Penguins are treating him as if he'll be active Saturday. The team will still need to bring him back from injured reserve, but that appears to be just a formality at this point. Kunitz has been out since Nov. 29 with the fractured foot, missing eight games as a result.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 2 Months

Kunitz (foot) will likely return to the lineup Saturday against Florida, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Pens coach Mike Johnston said Friday that Kunitz is a game-time decision but added he's "really close right now." The forward, who's scored nine goals and 20 points in 23 games, was paired with Evgeni Malkin prior to getting hurt. Johnston has yet to reveal whether Kunitz will skate with Malkin or Sidney Crosby upon his return.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 2 Months

Kunitz (foot) is considered close to a return, but will not play Thursday against the Avalanche, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Kunitz first resumed practicing with the team Wednesday, so it's understandable that the Penguins aren't willing to rush him back into a game a day later when he probably still needs to get his conditioning up to snuff. Assuming that his broken foot doesn't cause further problems while he skates the next couple of days, look for Kunitz to potentially suit up for Saturday's tilt with the Panthers.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 2 Months

Kunitz (foot) joined the Penguins for Wednesday's practice, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Kunitz worked out with the team's strength and conditioning coach beforehand, and was given clearance to practice after experiencing little pain with his broken foot. The winger has been out since Nov. 29 and may need to log multiple practices before the Penguins clear him for a return from injured reserve.