COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 17: Jason Chimera #25 of the Columbus Blue Jackets, sporting a 'Hockey Fights Cancer' sticker on his helmet, stretches on the ice during pre game warmups on October 17, 2009 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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