RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 01: Manny Malhotra #22 of the Carolina Hurricanes participates in warmups prior to an NHL game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at PNC Arena on November 1, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes signed the 33-year-old veteran center to a one-year, two-way contract on Thursday afternoon. Malhotra had previously logged eight games with the Charlotte Checkers, the Hurricanes AHL affiliate, on a professional tryout contract, but makes his return at the NHL level tonight for the fi
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