For the Blues' sake, they hope it's too early in the season to be coming off their moorings, but after a 5-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night, the club may have some October soul-searching to do.

It may only be six games into 2011-12, and a 2-4 record is hardly discouraging, but the Blues appear to be a bunch of scattered pieces. And after going 1-3 on their four-game road trip, the detail of playing five of their next seven on the road is far from appetizing.

The optimism that led into the Blues' season-opener has quickly evaporated and it's due to an overall lack of team semblance and an eroding confidence in starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who allowed four goals on 18 shots before being chased from Tuesday's loss.

Simon Gagne scored two goals, while Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Jarret Stoll each had one for Los Angeles, which won its home opener in simple fashion in front of a sellout crowd of 18,118 at Staples Center.