Defenseman Francois Beauchemin, the veteran of 673 regular-season NHL games and member of the Ducks' Stanley Cup championship team in 2007, reached high to describe his brothers on the blue line.
"I've never been on a team that deep on D," he said of the Ducks' stable, six-man defense corps.
The ability to travel deep into the postseason with three set pairs has to do with skill and good fortune in avoiding fluke injuries in a long and grueling run. In 2012, the Kings rolled through the playoffs and won the Cup using six defensemen.
What the Ducks have been doing is reminiscent of that effort. They have relied on Beauchemin, youngster Hampus Lindholm, Clayton...