(KSDK Sports) -- For many Blues fans, the rematch with the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings is both bitter and sweet. On one hand the team has the chance to redeem itself after it became one of the Kings' victims in the 2012 playoffs during a four-game sweep in the conference semifinals. On the other hand, well, we have to play the champs.

The Blues did little to erase the memory of that sweep during this season's series, as L.A. doubled up St. Louis by a 14-7 margin en route to winning all three meetings during the regular season.

But this time, Coach Hitchcock believes the Blues have moved closer to becominga team capable of beating the Kings. His reason is simple, the Kings don't know the Blues.

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