Craig Adams: Can’t Take Anything For Granted, Have To Play Better
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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan)-Penguins forward Craig Adams joined “The Cook and Poni Show” Tuesday morning in his regular weekly spot to take a long hard look back at the back-to-back losses to the Flyers.
“A lot of things went wrong,” Adams said.
Adams told the guys that you always want to play against teams like the Flyers with your full lineup, but that was not the case this weekend and it certainly will not be used as an excuse.
“Injuries catch up with everybody,” Adams said. “We have showed success even when missing guys in the past. We just didn’t play right and we won’t use it as an excuse.”
Adams admits that there were issues on the penalty kill unit and they have watched the tape to try and pick up things that may have gone wrong. He said the Flyers’ power play has always caused them trouble and it’s a case of both the Flyers making plays and the need for them to get better.
Adams also told the guys that the fact they are getting outshot in every game lately is an issue and a big time concern.
“You’re right. We have been on the opposite side of it,” Adams said. “We have been spending too much time in our zone. It doesn’t matter how well you are playing on [defense] if you are spending that much time in your zone.”
Adams said that the best way this team can play moving forward against the more physical teams is to not let them play the way they want to play. They need to be somewhat physical, but being fast and in their zone is first and foremost.
Adams said it was uplifting to see Kris Letang return to practice yesterday. He is not sure when he will return, but it was a great first step.
The Pens will look to get back in the win column tonight when they host the Dallas Stars tonight at 7 p.m.
“”We have had some ups and downs,” Adams said. “Tonight is a big game for us. We can’t take anything for granted. We have to play better.”
Listen to the full interview here: