RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 28: Prior to an NHL game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins, fans of Brandon Sutter display message along the glass during pre-game warmups on February 28, 2013 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. Tonight marks Sutter's return to PNC Arena to face his former teammates after a trade package sent him to Pittsburgh in exchange for Jordan Staal. (Photo by Phil Ellsworth/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