When the NHL schedule was released last summer, Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak had no reason to think he wouldn't be starting in his first trip back to Montreal since being acquired from the Canadiens two years ago.

The game didn't fall on back-to-back nights and neither was it in the midst of a busy stretch, which might have required the team to call on backup Brian Elliott.

But after a slow start for Halak and a surprising early performance from Elliott, leading to a rotation of the goalies, the assignment for tonight's trip to Montreal became less of a guarantee for Halak.

"It could happen ... it's hockey," Halak said recently. "Obviously I would love to start there, but if that's not going to happen, I'm not going to cry over it. It's another game and another two points."