The Los Angeles Kings see defenseman Brayden McNabb record over 20 minutes of ice time per night for the team’s blue line – so an upper body injury is the last thing they need from him.
That’s exactly what they’re dealing with, though – they just aren’t sure exactly how serious his injury is just yet.
The Kings confirmed on Sunday afternoon that the 25-year-old McNabb, who was seen with the team in Chicago with his arm in a sling, had x-rays done while the team was still in St. Louis. He’s getting further evaluation done while the club visits the Blackhawks, so a better idea of how long he’d be out can be established.
The former Buffalo Sabres prospect, dealt to the Kings in 2014 as part of the deal for prospect Hudson Fasching, fell awkwardly into the boards in the third period Saturday night against the Blues. He left the game and didn’t return; now, it seems like he could be out for a while.
For the Kings, this is bad news. The club is already suffering from major depth depletion in their goaltending depth chart. Both starter Jonathan Quick and backup Jeff Zatkoff are out with injury – and while the club is waiting for the recently-signed Anders Lindback to sort out a visa situation and join the roster, Jonah Imoo (who is on a PTO with the AHL’s Ontario Reign) also went down with an injury. They have both their AHL netminders, Jack Campbell and Peter Budaj, up with the NHL club – and ECHLer Jack Flinn is currently being backed up for the Reign by goaltending coach Dusty Imoo on a PTO of his own. Having more names join the injured list only further hurt the team’s chances of having a strong season.