OTTAWA, ON - DECEMBER 1: Fans show their support with signs as Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Detroit Red Wings skates during warmup prior to his first game back at Canadian Tire Centre to play against the Ottawa Senators on December 1, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/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