The Washington Capitals clinched the Southeast Division thanks to losses by both the Atlanta Thrashers and the Tampa Bay Lightning last night. With only 16 games remaining on the Thrashers and Lightning's schedules, both rivals can only amass 32 points if they won every game. That is good enough for second, because the Caps have a 33 point lead in the division.
The Capitals also have a comfortable lead in the Conference with 14 points separating them from the Pittsburgh Penguins. They have a four point lead over the San Jose Sharks and the entire league.
This will be the Caps third straight year with the Southeast crown and are the first in the NHL to clinch their division.