Jaroslav Halak will be on the bench for the third straight game tonight when the Blues visit the Canucks.

Halak, who is 1-4 with a 3.47 goals-against average and an .835 save-percentage, hasn't said much about his dissappointing start this season, but opened up a bit today after the Blues' morning practice at Rogers Arena.

"Obviously, it's not the start that I was hoping for, but here we are," Halak said. "I've played five games and I'm 1-4. Obviously I need to work on my game. But it's a long season. It's only October. We've got so many games coming up. You just need to stay positive and work hard in practice.

"It's always better to have a slow start than a slow finish. It's not a sprint, it's a marathon. We played 82 games. Good thing we don't play 10 games a season."