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

The Sharks' Tuesday night win over the Devils inches them closer to clinching a playoff spot -- and puts New Jersey on thin ice in the Eastern Conference wild-card race. Don Smith/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 21.

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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 vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7:00 p.m.
Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues, 8:00 p.m.
Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames, 9:30 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. Philadelphia Flyers (WC No. 1)
Pittsburgh Penguins (Metro No. 2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (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
9-1-0: Blue Jackets
8-2-0: Sharks
7-2-1: Lightning, Bruins, Panthers, Jets
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.

Arizona Coyotes at Buffalo Sabres, 7:00 p.m.
Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:00 p.m.
St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins, 8:00 p.m.
Calgary Flames vs. Anaheim Ducks, 9:30 p.m.

Worst record in past 10 games

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