RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 15: Nathan Gerbe #14 of the Carolina Hurricanes battles for the puck with Ben Lovejoy #6 of the Anaheim Ducks along the boards during their NHL game at PNC Arena on November 15, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (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