The 2011-2012 Ducks defense may not have the same big names as future hockey hall of famers Scott Neidermayer, or Chris Pronger, but this years version of the Ducks defense will be a huge part in determining the success of the team. From the first goal of the season by defensive prospect Nate Guenin, to the 1-0 shutout of the San Jose Sharks in the 3rd game of the season to Francois Beauchemin’s Heroics returning from getting a puck to his visor leaving a lot of blood over his left eye to come back in the game and play a key role in holding a 3-2 lead over the Sharks. It is apparent that this Ducks defense will determine the fate of how far up or down the standings of the western conference the Ducks will go. Especially with the statistically slow starts the ducks big line of Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, and Bobby Ryan and the ducks are still 4-1 it has been even more important. Of Course those three will likely come around to take some pressure off, but in the games they don’t Defense and Goaltending in Anaheim will be key.