NEWARK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: Cory Schneider #35 of the New Jersey Devils tends net in warmups prior to the game aganst the New York Rangers in a preseason tilt at the Prudential Center on September 16, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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