2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Team Practice Session
ANN ARBOR, MI - DECEMBER 31: (L-R) Gustav Nyquist #14, Drew Miller #20, Joakim Andersson #18, Daniel Cleary #71 and Danny DeKeyser #65 of the Detroit Red Wings look on during 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic team practice session on December 31, 2013 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Sandford/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