Jan 10, 2023; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Blues center Nikita Alexandrov (59) is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

With Logan Brown getting closer to healthy status and Nikita Alexandrov working his way back, the St. Louis Blues assigned Alexandrov to their AHL affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds, and removed Brown from the injured reserve list.

Alexandrov has missed the Blues' last two games with an upper-body injury. The 22-year-old's return to Springfield could give him an opportunity to ease his way back via AHL action.

Alexandrov had been a regular member of the Blues' fourth line since being recalled from Springfield on Jan. 2. He has four points (two goals, two assists) in 16 games with the Blues this season, as well as 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 22 games with the Thunderbirds.

Brown, meanwhile, has been out with an upper-body injury since last playing Dec. 29. He was placed on IR on Jan. 5.

Brown, 24, has played in only nine games for St. Louis, registering two assists, but appears to be close to a return.

"He'll get a couple more practices in and we'll see where he's at and see where we're at and what's going on with our team," coach Craig Berube told reporters after the team's morning skate Friday.

Other injury updates:

• Defenseman Torey Krug, who has been out since suffering a lower-body injury in St. Louis' last game before Christmas, skated again Friday and appears to be nearing a return to action. "He did well today," Berube said. "We'll get him on the ice again tomorrow and skate. I think he's close."

• Forward Vladimir Tarasenko also skated Friday and said that while he's getting close, he won't play Saturday when the Blues host the Blackhawks.

"He looks good to me," Berube said. "He's skating well and he's shooting well. But it's what he feels, how he feels and if he's ready to compete and battle in battles and puck battles and things like that, that's where he's probably not quite ready yet. But he looks ready to me."

• Forward Noel Acciari, who got crunched against the boards by Nashville's Jeremy Lauzon in the first period Thursday but returned to the game after heading to the tunnel, did not practice. "He's fine," Berube said. "Just kind of maintenance from last night."

• Injured defensemen Robert Bortuzzo, Marco Scandella and Scott Perunovich, all of whom had skated with the team earlier in the week, did not practice Friday.