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

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 25.

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.

Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers, 7 p.m. (streaming on ESPN+)
Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (streaming on ESPN+)
Vegas Golden Knights at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m.
Nashville Predators at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m.
Dallas Stars at Winnipeg Jets, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames, 9 p.m.
Detroit Red Wings at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m.

Current playoff matchups

Eastern Conference

Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic No. 1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (WC No. 2)
Boston Bruins (Atlantic No. 2) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (Atlantic No. 3)
Washington Capitals (Metro No. 1) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (WC No. 1)
New York Islanders (Metro No. 2) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (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. Colorado Avalanche (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: Ottawa’s first-round pick belongs to Colorado. Columbus’ first-round pick belongs to Ottawa.

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.

Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.
Buffalo Sabres at New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers, 7 p.m. (streaming on ESPN+)
Nashville Predators at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames, 9 p.m.
Detroit Red Wings at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m.


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    The Bible says this false Messiah who seats himself in the Third Temple will be thee antichrist that will bring about the Great Tribulation, though the Jewish people believe he will bring about world peace. It will be a false peace for a period of time. You can watch interviews of Jewish Rabbi’s in Israel speaking of these things. They have their plans set in place. It is only years away!

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    He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

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    Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    People have been saying the end is coming for many years, but we need two key things. One, the Third Temple, and two, the technology for a cashless society to fulfill the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast.


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