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

Following a win over the Oilers on Sunday, the Lightning became the second team to earn entry to the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Meanwhile, a few teams inched their way closer to elimination. Scott Audette/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 19.

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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.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins, 7:00 p.m.
Nashville Predators at Buffalo Sabres, 7:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild, 8:00 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. Los Angeles Kings (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. Anaheim Ducks (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

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.

Buffalo Sabres vs. Nashville Predators, 7:00 p.m.
Florida Panthers at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m.
Calgary Flames at Arizona Coyotes, 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
3-6-1: Flyers, Blackhawks, Flames
3-5-2: Canadiens