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Ducks' defense thriving with balanced diet of ice time

Ducks' defense thriving with balanced diet of ice time

Getting scoring from many sources and being able to roll four lines have been key factors in the Ducks’ success in the regular season and in winning their first six playoff games. But unlike many teams that play one or two defensemen a huge number of minutes and give far less ice time to the third defense pair, the Ducks have been able to spread out the burden among all six defensemen they’ve used in the playoffs so far and ensure that no one gets too tired or overworked. They don’t have a stud defenseman like Minnesota’s Ryan Suter, who led the NHL during the regular season with an average ice time of 29 minutes and three seconds and is averaging 26:23 during the...

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