The Ducks opened the season with an unproven defense that has been shaky at times, but General Manager Jack Ferreira believes the situation might smooth itself out over time.
"You hope it does," Ferreira said. "You're still always looking to improve the team. That's easier said than done."
Veteran Bobby Dollas and second-year player Jason Marshall have been the Ducks' most reliable defenseman. Fredrik Olausson, Adrian Plavsic and Darren Van Impe have all made dangerous mistakes handling the puck. Dave Karpa sat out the exhibition season because of a contract dispute, and Ruslan Salei is a rookie.