The similarities between the 1984 Oilers and 2009 Penguins are uncanny--and they start with the youthful dynamic duos of Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier compared to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The NHL Network will explore the subject, including a lively conversation between Gretzky and Messier talking about their and the Penguins stars. Don't miss it, tonight at 7 ET on NHL Network and streamed live here on NHL.com.
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