St. Louis Blues' Nikita Alexandrov (59) celebrates after his goal against the Winnipeg Jets with Niko Mikkola (77), Jake Neighbours (63) and Josh Leivo (17) during third-period NHL hockey game action in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Monday, Jan. 30, 2023. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Jake Neighbours and Nikita Alexandrov scored the only two goals for St. Louis in the Blues' 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night. On Tuesday morning, they were bound for the AHL.

It obviously wasn't a performance-driven move. It's an opportunity to play, given that the Blues will be off for the next 11 days for the All-Star break and bye week.

The Springfield Thunderbirds will play four times during that stretch, though -- hence, the Blues' assignment of the two rookie forwards to their AHL affiliate.

Neighbours has eight points (four goals, four assists) in 27 games with the Blues this season, along with 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 19 games with Springfield. Alexandrov, meanwhile, has five points (three goals, two assists) in 18 games with St. Louis and 20 points (12 goals, eight assists) in 23 games with the Thunderbirds.

Neighbours, 20, and Alexandrov, 22, rejoin Tyler Tucker and Steven Santini, who recently were sent back to Springfield after helping the Blues weather a storm of injured defensemen.