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

The Kings emerged victorious over the Wild Monday night in a battle of teams fighting for playoff positioning. Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images

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 20.

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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.

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders, 7:00 p.m.
Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Rangers, 7:00 p.m.
Washington Capitals vs. Dallas Stars, 7:00 p.m.
Philadelphia Flyers at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Kings at Winnipeg Jets, 8:00 p.m.
Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Vancouver Canucks, 10:00 p.m.
New Jersey Devils at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 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. Anaheim Ducks (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: Blue Jackets
7-2-1: Lightning, Bruins, Panthers, Sharks

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.

New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:00 p.m.
New York Rangers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 p.m.
Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m.
Edmonton Oilers at Carolina Hurricanes, 7:00 p.m.
Florida Panthers at Ottawa Senators, 7:00 p.m.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Colorado Avalanche, 8:30 p.m.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Vegas Golden Knights, 10:00 p.m.

Worst record in past 10 games

0-9-1: Red Wings
1-7-2: Canucks
1-6-3: Islanders
2-4-4: Stars
2-6-2: Canadiens
3-6-1: Flyers, Blackhawks, Flames