NHL Playoff Watch Daily: Playoff chances, Lose for Hughes projections and more

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Which teams have the best shot at locking up a spot in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs? Who’s earning a better chance at the No. 1 overall pick?

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

Updated March 2

Skip ahead: Playoff projections | Current matchups
Lose for Hughes standings | Tragic numbers


Playoff picture

Playoff chance projections are from Money Puck, Sports Club Stats and Dom Luszczyszyn at The Athletic. Click through to the sites to learn more about their methodology.


Playoff teams in action today

Note: All times ET. Playoff teams in bold.

Edmonton Oilers at Columbus Blue Jackets, 1 p.m.
New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins, 4 p.m.
Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m.
Ottawa Senators at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 p.m.
Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers, 7 p.m.
Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. (streaming on ESPN+)
Minnesota Wild at Calgary Flames, 10 p.m. (streaming on ESPN+)


Current playoff matchups

Eastern Conference

Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic No. 1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (WC No. 2)
Boston Bruins (Atlantic No. 2) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (Atlantic No. 3)
New York Islanders (Metro No. 1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (WC No. 1)
Washington Capitals (Metro No. 2) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (Metro No. 3)

Western Conference

Winnipeg Jets (Central No. 1) vs. Dallas Stars (WC No. 1)
Nashville Predators (Central No. 2) vs. St. Louis Blues (Central No. 3)
Calgary Flames (Pacific No. 1) vs. Minnesota Wild (WC No. 2)
San Jose Sharks (Pacific No. 2) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (Pacific No. 3)


Race for the No. 1 pick

The NHL uses a draft lottery to determine the order at the top of the first round, so the team that finishes in last place is not guaranteed the No. 1 selection. However, whoever does win the draft lottery has a chance to select the next generational American forward, Jack Hughes.

Find out more about Hughes here, and be sure to read up on the rest of the top 50 draft prospects. There’s also a table of every team’s picks in the 2019 draft and Chris Peters’ first mock draft of the season, from Feb. 19.

Note: Percent chances listed are using the percentages from the 2018 NHL draft lottery. The NHL will release a new set of exact percentages after the regular season ends, and those figures will be similar. Ottawa’s first-round pick belongs to Colorado.


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 will be denoted with an “E” in the table.


Lottery teams in action today

Note: All times ET. Lottery teams in bold.

Edmonton Oilers at Columbus Blue Jackets, 1 p.m.
Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings, 4 p.m.
New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m.
Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m.
Ottawa Senators at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 p.m.
Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers, 7 p.m.
Detroit Red Wings at Arizona Coyotes, 8 p.m.



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