NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 26: Forward J.P.Dumont of the Nashville Predators skates through the defense of forward Jussi Jokinen #36 of the Carolina Hurricanes and scores a goal against Hurricanes goalie Michael Leighton #49 during a pre-season NHL game at the Sommet Center on September 26, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/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