DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 26: Valeri Nichushkin #43 of the Dallas Stars tries to keep the puck away from Dustin Byfuglien #33 of the Winnipeg Jets at the American Airlines Center on October 26, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/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