John Klingberg and Mattias Janmark scored for Dallas. Kari Lehtonen made 17 saves.

“I thought we’d be better in our zone under pressure and that’s where I thought we did ourselves in,” Hitchcock said. “We had a great start to the game. The first 10 to 12 minutes was exactly what we wanted.”

Hitchcock coached the Blues for six seasons, going 248-124-41 before being fired last February. He was hired as the Stars coach in April.

The Blues honored Hitchcock with a tribute on the videoboard during the first period. Fans gave Hitchcock a standing ovation and Hitchcock responded by tapping his chest.

“The league’s gone up a whole other gear. This is a frenetic pace like I’ve never seen before,” Hitchcock said. “This is absolutely at times breathtaking at the speed and tempo that the game’s being played at now.”

Detroit practiced in the Motor City on Monday morning before flying to Dallas. Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall, out the first two games with a groin injury, practiced and is expected to return later in the road trip, either on Thursday at Arizona or Friday in Las Vegas.

The Tuesday game will be special for Detroit defenseman Trevor Daley, who spent his first 10-plus NHL seasons in Dallas before being traded in the summer of 2016.

Daley has yet to play in Dallas as a visitor, and it is safe to say the former Stars fan favorite is excited about finally doing so.

“I’m excited to go back there,” Daley told the Detroit Free Press after Vintage MLB Jerseys Cheap practice Monday. “When I was in Pittsburgh, I was injured. When I was in Cheap Youth NFL Jerseys Chicago, I got traded before we went there, so I’ve never been back there before.”

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