A long road back from injury is familiar to Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb, but the view was much harsher this time around.
McNabb played his first game in two months Thursday, when he returned from a broken collarbone suffered before Halloween. It was the second major injury in his career following a broken kneecap near the end of his second season in the minors.
The difference this time was that it happened at the beginning of the season, and he could only watch as the Kings stumbled through other injuries to major players and a long slate away from home that dropped them to fifth place in the Pacific Division.
“It [stinks] being hurt, for sure,” McNabb...