Kunitz had an excused absence from practice, he is not injured.
Updating an earlier report: Kunitz was on the ice for the start of practice, but left early. It has been confirmed that it was prearranged and that he is fine. Pens' head coach Dan Bylsma hinted that he won't rest players on Saturday, so look for Kunitz to be in the lineup.
Kunitz (lower-body) is back in the Penguins lineup on Wednesday.
Kunitz missed Sunday's game with a lower-body injury, but will slide back in tonight vs. the Red Wings. Kunitz has scored 35 goals for the first 30-goal season of his NHL career. He continues to be a great fit alongside Sidney Crosby.
Kunitz will take a seat along with a handful of other Penguins. Linemate Sidney Crosby will also not be in the lineup tonight vs. the Avalanche. None of the injuries are believed to be serious, and could just be rest as the Penguins gear up for the playoffs.
This is a good sign that he will be in the lineup tonight. If he was not cleared by doctors he likely would not be on the ice. We won't know for certain if he is in until right before puck-drop so make you have to make the call, but all signs pointing towards him being in.
Kunitz (leg) skated this morning, but needs to be cleared by doctors to play Tuesday.
"Things are progressing," Kunitz said after the morning skate. "Hopefully [it will] react well later today. Still have to talk with the trainers and doctors and see what they think." He was skating on his regular line and participated in power-play drills this morning. Both are signs that he will return, but he has to cleared first. Kunitz missed both games over the weekend, and is hoping to be back in the lineup tonight, but we likely won't hear about his status until around 5 p.m ET when the Penguins arrive at the rink.
Kunitz took part in warmups on Saturday, but was a late scratch and will not play this afternoon either. The Penguins lead the league in man-games missed due to injury this season, so just add Kunitz to a large list of banged-up Pens. With he and James Neal both out, we could see Evgeni Malkin playing with Sidney Crosby more often.
Kunitz status for this weekend is still unknown. He crashed hard into the net on Tuesday but stayed in the game. Coach Dan Bylsma said that he is dealing with some bumps and bruises, so he will likely be in the lineup during the home-and-home vs. the Flyers.
Sidney Crosby tied a career high with five assists, and Chris Kunitz posted his second hat trick of the season as the Penguins rocked the New York Islanders 6-1 on Sunday night for their fifth straight win.
Kunitz now has 10 goals and six assists in his last eight games. He posted a career high 61 points in 82 games last season and is on pace for 66 points in 48 games this season. As long as he is playing with Crosby he is an elite fantasy option.