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

The Bruins' win over the Lightning pulls them to two points behind Tampa Bay for the Atlantic Division crown. AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

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 18.

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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.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings, 3:00 p.m.
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Calgary Flames, 4:00 p.m.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Edmonton Oilers, 5:00 p.m.
Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers, 5:00 p.m.
Dallas Stars at Winnipeg Jets, 7:30 p.m.
New Jersey Devils at Anaheim Ducks, 9:00 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
8-2-0: Bruins, Blue Jackets
7-2-1: Lightning, Panthers, Sharks
7-3-0: Capitals

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.

Detroit Red Wings at Colorado Avalanche, 3:00 p.m.
Calgary Flames at Vegas Golden Knights, 4:00 p.m.
Edmonton Oilers at Tampa Bay Lightning, 5:00 p.m.
Carolina Hurricanes at New York Islanders, 5:00 p.m.
St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m.
Anaheim Ducks vs. New Jersey Devils, 9:00 p.m.

Worst record in past 10 games

1-8-1: Red Wings
1-7-2: Canucks
1-5-4: Islanders
3-7-0: Blackhawks
3-6-1: Flyers, Hurricanes
3-5-2: Canadiens
3-3-4: Stars