Kunitz, Niskanen Miss Practice [Update: Still Play Monday]

Oct 5, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14) and defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) congratulate center Sidney Crosby (87) after Crosby scored a goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports


Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Chris Kunitz and defenseman Matt Niskanen reportedly missed Wednesday morning’s practice, and are both deemed questionable for tonight’s tilt against the Buffalo Sabres – according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Both of them have performed in every game so far this season, and head coach Dan Bylsma is hoping that their absences this morning are only for maintenance purposes – per the team’s Twitter handle.

This may or may not have a direct correlation to defenseman Kris Letang’s illness, given the fact that neither of them were injured – at least to our understanding – following Monday’s game against Ottawa.

Both Kunitz and Niskanen are considered game-time decisions.

Tonight’s contest can be seen on the NBC Sports Network, and is set to start at 7:30 p.m.


Both Kunitz and Niskanen were able to go Monday.

Kunitz failed to appear on the stat-sheet, but Niskanen logged a power play assist, as Pittsburgh downed Buffalo 5-1.

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