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NHL playoff standings 2016: Panthers hold Atlantic with win over Lightning

Florida belongs to...well, Florida.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015-16 NHL regular season is nearly over, and the standings are looking as fluid as ever heading into the home stretch.

The Washington Capitals have already locked up the best record in the Eastern Conference, but failed to clinch the Presidents' Trophy for the NHL's best record with a loss to St. Louis on Saturday. The Panthers held control of the Atlantic Division with a big win over state rivals Tampa Bay. Detroit failed to gain any ground in the Wild Card race with an awful loss to the Penguins.

Out West, the picture looks far clearer. The Stars, Blues, Kings and Ducks have all clinched. San Jose failed to do so with a loss to Dallas on Sunday. And Nashville is suddenly creeping up behind the Blackhawks in the Central. Could Chicago really fall far enough to make it in as a Wild Card team?

Here is a look at the latest divisional standings of 2015-16

(z = clinched best record in conference, x = made playoffs, e = eliminated from playoff contention):

Atlantic
GP Record Points
Florida Panthers 75 42-24-9 93
Tampa Bay Lightning 75 43-27-5 91
Boston Bruins 76 40-28-8 88
Detroit Red Wings 75 37-27-11 85
Ottawa Senators 76 34-33-9 77
Montreal Canadiens - e 76 34-36-6 74
Buffalo Sabres - e 75 31-34-10 72
Toronto Maple Leafs - e 74 27-36-11 65

Metropolitan
GP Record Points
Washington Capitals - z 74 53-16-5 111
New York Rangers 75 43-24-8 94
Pittsburgh Penguins 74 41-25-8 90
New York Islanders 74 40-25-9 89
Philadelphia Flyers 74 36-25-13 85
New Jersey Devils 75 36-31-8 80
Carolina Hurricanes 75 32-28-15 79
Columbus Blue Jackets - e 75 30-37-8 68

Central
GP Record Points
Dallas Stars - x 76 45-22-9 99
St. Louis Blues - x 76 45-22-9 99
Chicago Blackhawks 75 43-25-7 93
Nashville Predators 75 39-23-13 91
Minnesota Wild 76 37-28-11 85
Colorado Avalanche 75 38-33-4 80
Winnipeg Jets - e 75 31-38-6 68

Pacific
GP Record Points
Los Angeles Kings - x 75 45-25-5 95
Anaheim Ducks - x 74 41-23-10 92
San Jose Sharks 75 41-28-6 88
Arizona Coyotes 75 34-34-7 75
Calgary Flames - e 75 31-38-6 68
Vancouver Canucks - e 74 27-34-13 67
Edmonton Oilers - e 78 30-41-7 67