Judging by his start in 2010-11, Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak has a point when he says it's the regular season that matters most. After a training camp in which he looked uncomfortable in his newsurroundings last season, Halak opened 8-1-1 with a 1.46 goals-against average and a .944 save-percentage.

Still, there is some concern about how the Blues' No. 1 netminder will respond in his second season with the club after a preseason performance that won't show up on any of his personal highlight reels. He was 1-2 with a 2.68 GAA and .869 save-percentage.

"No one ever won the league in the preseason," Halak said. "I know everybody wants to see the wins and no one wants to lose. ... I only won one (game) ... so what can I do? It's only the preseason, so let's turn the page and focus on our practices right now and especially Saturday's game."

That's when the Blues will usher in the 2011-12 season against Nashville at Scottrade Center.

Halak, who's entering the second season of a four-year, $15 million contract, will be in net against the Predators, and he will be coming off a 4-0 exhibition loss in which he allowed four goals on 24 shots.

"Overall, there's things he's got to improve upon," Blues coach Davis Payne said. "If I start breaking down a goaltender from a technical aspect, there's obviously mistakes that are going to get made ... we've got guys that do that. But we feel that (Halak) could be sharper, and that's what this week is going to be for.