TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 19: Filip Forsberg #9 of the Nashville Predators takes a shot against goaltender Riku Helenius #35 and Victor Hedman #77 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Tampa Bay Times Forum on September 19, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/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