Stanley Cup Playoffs Watch Daily: Playoff chances, tragic numbers and more

The Predators are the first team to clinch a playoff spot this season, following a 4-2 win over the Avalanche. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Which teams have the best shot at locking up a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs? Who's earning a better shot at the No. 1 overall pick?

Here are the latest projections for both, along with critical matchups to watch today.

Last update: March 17.

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Playoff picture

Playoff chance projections are from Money Puck, Sports Club Stats and Hockey Viz. Click through to the sites to learn more about their methodology.

Playoff teams in action today

Note: All times ET.

New Jersey Devils at Los Angeles Kings, 4:00 p.m.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7:00 p.m.
Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 p.m.
Philadelphia Flyers at Carolina Hurricanes, 7:00 p.m.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Ottawa Senators, 7:00 p.m.
Minnesota Wild at Arizona Coyotes, 9:00 p.m.
San Jose Sharks at Vancouver Canucks, 10:00 p.m.

Current playoff matchups

Eastern Conference

Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic No. 1) vs. New Jersey Devils (WC No. 2)
Boston Bruins (Atlantic No. 2) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (Atlantic No. 3)
Washington Capitals (Metro No. 1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (WC No. 1)
Pittsburgh Penguins (Metro No. 2) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (Metro No. 3)

Western Conference

Nashville Predators (Central No. 1) vs. Dallas Stars (WC No. 2)
Winnipeg Jets (Central No. 2) vs. Minnesota Wild (Central No. 3)
Vegas Golden Knights (Pacific No. 1) vs. Colorado Avalanche (WC No. 1)
San Jose Sharks (Pacific No. 2) vs. Los Angeles Kings (Pacific No. 3)

Best record in past 10 games

9-0-1: Predators
8-1-1: Lightning, Panthers
8-2-0: Blue Jackets
7-3-0: Bruins

Tragic numbers

Teams currently in position for a wild card are denoted as such. Tragic numbers are courtesy of Damian Echevarrieta. Teams are eliminated when their tragic number hits zero, and are denoted with an "E" in the table.

Lottery teams in action today

Note: All times ET.

Chicago Blackhawks at Buffalo Sabres, 1:00 p.m.
Edmonton Oilers at Florida Panthers, 2:00 p.m.
Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7:00 p.m.
Ottawa Senators at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 p.m.
New York Rangers at St. Louis Blues, 8:00 p.m.
Arizona Coyotes vs. Minnesota Wild, 9:00 p.m.
Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks, 10:00 p.m.

Worst record in past 10 games

1-8-1: Red Wings
1-5-4: Islanders
2-6-2: Canucks
3-6-1: Flyers, Hurricanes, Blues
3-4-3: Canadiens
3-3-4: Stars