DETROIT - NOVEMBER 05: Tonight the Detroit Red Wings will honor Budd Lynch for his 60-year anniversary with the team and all fans at tonight's game will be getting a Budd Lynch bobblehead doll before a NHL game against the San Jose Sharks at Joe Louis Arena on November 5, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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