RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 26: John Muse #80 of the Carolina Hurricanes participates in warmups prior to an NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets at PNC Arena on March 26, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. With both Cam Ward and Dan Ellis injured, Muse will back up Justin Peters in tonight's game after being recalled from the Charlotte Checkers on Monday, his first NHL recall. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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