COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 20: Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets stretches prior to the start of their game against the Anaheim Ducks on October 20, 2010 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets wore purple jerseys during warm ups that will later be auctioned off in part of the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday