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Stars look to keep their guard up vs. Blues

From FOX Sports - December 6, 2017

ST. LOUISKen Hitchcock has been coaching in the NHL long enough to know that sometimes the difference between winning and losing can be every minute.

He said there was a simple explanation after seeing his Dallas Stars five-game winning streak come to an end versus the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

When you play teams that are veteran hockey clubs that are perennial playoff teams, they kind of wait for you to make the mistakes, Hitchcock said. Thats what Nashville did and thats what St. Louis doesthey wait until you make the mistake and then they pounce.

Weve really avoided making those errors for the last little while, thats why we won so much, but (on Tuesday) we did make those errors.

Hitchcock hopes his team can avoid repeating those mistakes when they take on the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night, a challenge that Jamie Benn and his teammates relish.

When you lose a game or things dont go your way, you get a chance to get right back at it, Benn said. And when youre winning, you have a chance to continue the success that youve had, so were looking forward to another good test.

St. Louis is a great team and its going to be tough to play in their building. Theyre pretty good at home, so well have our hands full.

The Blues have stumbled of late as well, having gone 0-2-1 over a three-game stretch before bouncing back with a 4-3 win Tuesday night in Montreal behind Brayden Schenns third career hat trick.

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