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Mar 8, 2021; San Jose, California, USA; St. Louis Blues left wing Nathan Walker (26) skates with the puck during the first period against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Blues trimmed their roster before Monday night's game against the Nashville Predators, assigning forward Nathan Walker to the Springfield Thunderbirds of the AHL and forwards Dakota Joshua and James Neal to the taxi squad.

Joshua, Neal and Walker, as well as recent call-up Alexei Toropchenko, were pressed into duty in recent days with forwards Pavel Buchnevich, David Perron, Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko in COVID protocols and Logan Brown out with a non-COVID illness. The Blues will welcome Brown, Perron, Schenn, Tarasenko and defenseman Colton Parayko back on Monday night, though, pushing Joshua, Neal, Toropchenko and Walker out of the lineup.

Walker, 27, has shuttled between Springfield and St. Louis this season and has four goals and an assist in nine NHL games, including a hat trick in his season debut on Dec. 9.

Joshua, 25, has a goal, three assists and a 53.2% faceoff percentage in 18 games with the Blues this season, while Neal has two goals and two assists in 19 contests.