After sitting out the Blues' first two exhibition games, both victories, Andy McDonald is ready to get on the ice tonight.



McDonald will be one of several Blues' regulars making their preseason debut against the Minnesota Wild, a list that includesAlex Steen, Jason Arnott,T.J. Oshie and Jaroslav Halak.



"There's been a lot of buildup to (the season)," McDonald said. "It feels like August is just so slow. There's so much off-ice stuff and practicing ... now you get into games and it makes you realize you're a little bit closer to Game 1. I'm looking forward to it."



McDonald is coming off a 20-goal, 50-point season in 2010-11, numbers he accomplished despite missing 24 games with a concussion. His 50 points still ranked fourth on the club behindDavid Backes, 62; Patrik Berglund, 52; Alex Steen, 51. (That doesn't include Chris Stewart, who had 53 points, 23 with the Blues after the trade).



In the third year of a four-year, $18.8 million contract, and playing the Blues' top line with Backes, McDonald realizes that he'll have to be one of the team's top point-producers again this season.