At Rogers Arena on Wednesday morning, the discussion in both locker rooms centered on the backup goaltender outplaying the starter and who deserved the playing time.

The Blues' Jaroslav Halak and Vancouver's Roberto Luongo are off to difficult starts. They have a combined record of 3-7-1 with a 3.46 goals-against average and an .855 percentage this season. Both were taking a back seat Wednesday to backups Brian Elliot and Cory Schneider, who together entered the game with totals of 5-1 with a 1.87 GAA and .935 save-percentage.

"(Luongo) is in the same situation, but I'm not panicking," Halak said. "It's only October. We aren't even halfway through. We need two goalies and it's always good when you have two goalies that can play."