COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 7: Assistant Coach Dan Hinote of the Columbus Blue Jackets leads Colton Gillies #9 of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the Columbus Blue Jackets in a skating drill during the morning skate before playing the Vancouver Canucks on March 7, 2013 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (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