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DALLAS The Dallas Stars season has come down to four games which will decide whether they're in the playoffs or not.

'There's a positive mindset in this room,' said Stars left wing Jamie Benn. 'We're a confident group that is going to be able to get the job done here, but we're taking it one game at a time. We can't be looking forward... and we certainly have a big one tonight starting with Nashville.'

'Four games left we've got three at home and one in Phoenix to end the season, so we start tonight with Nashville,' Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski said. 'We feel good at where we're at, so we've just got to go out there and play a good game.'

Dallas will play four games in six days. Wednesday is a makeup game that replaces the one canceled when Rich Peverley passed out.

On Friday, they've got the St. Louis Blues, a team which might become their first round opponent if they make it that far.

As the eight seed right now, Dallas has become a team Phoenix is trying to catch, and that's a new role for this Stars team.

'Knowing that we've played well enough to be the team that somebody has to catch, we've been able to put away our losses and be ready to play our next game,' coach Lindy Ruff said. 'That's really all we want to focus in on.'

'This is a completely different team,' Goligoski said. 'We're in a good spot right now. Everyone feels good about where we are, and we think this is the year we're going to do it.'

'There's good and bad and being in this situation,' Benn added. We haven't made it the last few years here. It's a great time of year to be playing hockey.'

The Stars have missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for five straight seasons, and their hopes are high that is the year they finally make it back.

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