The plan entering the 2013-14 season was to give goaltender Jaroslav Halak the bulk of the starts in net. With as light as the schedule is early the Blues will roll with Halak for the foreseeable future.

Halak backstopped the Blues again Saturday against Florida and it’s possible that he may receive the first six assignments of the season.

After Saturday’s game the club will have three days off before hosting Chicago Wednesday two days off before playing the New York Rangers next Saturday and two rest days before facing San Jose Oct. 15.

“There’s such a big break between games” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We’ll go with Jaro tonight and then see how it goes ... with all these breaks between games there’s no reason one guy can’t play to start the season. You’re looking probably on back-to-backs and three (games) in four nights we’re going to certainly make the move then. Brian’s last two days have been the best we’ve ever seen from him this year so he looks like he’s ready to go.”

Following the homestand the first road trip features games on back-to-back nights in Chicago and Winnipeg Oct. 17-18. Brian Elliott would likely draw the Jets’ game.

“We’re kind of just focused on one day at a time and seeing how Jaro feels” Hitchcock said. “He played very well in Game 1 and we just want to keep going with it.”

whitney returns

Defenseman Ryan Whitney was released from his tryout with the Blues on Sept. 27 but he was back on the ice at Scottrade Center Saturday.

Whitney signed a one-year $900000 contract with Florida and was in the Panthers’ starting lineup against the Blues.

“I knew going in it was going to be real tough (to make the Blues’ roster)” Whitney said. “A lot of it was I needed to play exhibition games and happened to be seen by (Florida). I knew it was important that I make a good impression. I made some friends in (St. Louis) in a couple weeks which is cool. It’s a group that’s easy to be a part of over there. After tonight I wish them luck.”