Following last night's packed 10-game NHL slate, Wednesday is relatively light with just four games on the docket. However, there are some superb matchups on tap, highlighted by two Western Conference juggernauts squaring off.

In the late game, the Colorado Avalanche will visit the Vancouver Canucks (10:30 p.m. ET, NHL Power Play on ESPN+). Each team is packed with superstars up for some end-of-season hardware, and it would not be surprising to see either of those clubs representing the West in the 2024 Stanley Cup Final.

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Heading into tonight's matchup, the Canucks own the No. 1 seed in the Pacific Division (and the Western Conference) and are currently slated to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round. According to Stathletes' projections, they have a 29.0% chance to reach the conference finals, 14.5% chance to make the Cup Final and a 7.0% chance to win it all.

As for the Avalanche, they hold the No. 3 seed in the Central Division, and would take on the Winnipeg Jets if the current standings hold. Stathletes doesn't like their conference finals or Cup Final chances quite as much (28.7% and 13.5%, respectively), but gives them a 7.1% of winning the Cup.

The two teams have played twice this season: a 5-2 win for the Avs on Nov. 22, and a 3-1 win for the Avs on Feb. 20. Notably, Ryan Johansen scored Colorado's two non-empty-net goals in that most recent game, and he has since been traded to the Philadelphia Flyers (who promptly waived him). Who wins tonight's potential conference finals preview?

As we traverse the final stretch of the regular season, it's time to check in on all the playoff races -- along with the teams jockeying for position in the 2024 NHL draft lottery.

Note: Playoff chances are via Stathletes.

Jump ahead:Current playoff matchupsToday's scheduleLast night's scoresExpanded standingsRace for No. 1 pick

Current playoff matchups

Eastern Conference

A1 Florida Panthers vs. WC2 New York IslandersA2 Boston Bruins vs. A3 Toronto Maple LeafsM1 New York Rangers vs. WC1 Tampa Bay LightningM2 Carolina Hurricanes vs. M3 Philadelphia Flyers

Western Conference

C1 Dallas Stars vs. WC1 Nashville PredatorsC2 Winnipeg Jets vs. C3 Colorado AvalancheP1 Vancouver Canucks vs. WC2 Vegas Golden KnightsP2 Edmonton Oilers vs. P3 Los Angeles Kings

Wednesday's games

Note: All times ET. All games not on TNT or NHL Network are available via NHL Power Play, which is included in an ESPN+ subscription (local blackout restrictions apply).

Los Angeles Kings at St. Louis Blues, 7:30 p.m. (TNT)Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets, 7:30 p.m.Washington Capitals at Edmonton Oilers, 10 p.m. (TNT)Colorado Avalanche at Vancouver Canucks, 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday's scoreboard

Buffalo Sabres 7, Detroit Red Wings 3Montreal Canadiens 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 0Ottawa Senators 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (OT)Philadelphia Flyers 3, San Jose Sharks 2New York Rangers 1, Carolina Hurricanes 0Florida Panthers 4, Dallas Stars 3Minnesota Wild 4, Arizona Coyotes 1Chicago Blackhawks 7, Anaheim Ducks 2Colorado Avalanche 6, Calgary Flames 2Vegas Golden Knights 5, Seattle Kraken 4 (OT)

Expanded standings

Atlantic Division

Points: 94Regulation wins: 37Playoff position: A1Games left: 16Points pace: 117Next game: @ CAR (Thursday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 91Regulation wins: 30Playoff position: A2Games left: 15Points pace: 111Next game: @ MTL (Thursday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 82Regulation wins: 25Playoff position: A3Games left: 18Points pace: 105Next game: @ PHI (Thursday)Playoff chances: 99.7%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 74Regulation wins: 27Playoff position: WC1Games left: 17Points pace: 93Next game: vs. NYR (Thursday)Playoff chances: 89.3%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 72Regulation wins: 23Playoff position: N/AGames left: 17Points pace: 91Next game: vs. ARI (Thursday)Playoff chances: 19.2%Tragic number: 34

Points: 67Regulation wins: 25Playoff position: N/AGames left: 16Points pace: 83Next game: vs. NYI (Thursday)Playoff chances: 5.4%Tragic number: 27

Points: 60Regulation wins: 15Playoff position: N/AGames left: 17Points pace: 76Next game: vs. BOS (Thursday)Playoff chances: ~0%Tragic number: 22

Points: 56Regulation wins: 19Playoff position: N/AGames left: 19Points pace: 73Next game: @ CBJ (Thursday)Playoff chances: ~0%Tragic number: 22

Metropolitan Division

Points: 90Regulation wins: 35Playoff position: M1Games left: 17Points pace: 114Next game: @ TB (Thursday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 84Regulation wins: 33Playoff position: M2Games left: 17Points pace: 106Next game: vs. FLA (Thursday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 76Regulation wins: 26Playoff position: M3Games left: 16Points pace: 94Next game: vs. TOR (Thursday)Playoff chances: 77.1%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 72Regulation wins: 21Playoff position: WC2Games left: 18Points pace: 92Next game: @ BUF (Thursday)Playoff chances: 72.4%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 69Regulation wins: 24Playoff position: N/AGames left: 19Points pace: 90Next game: @ EDM (Wednesday)Playoff chances: 28.0%Tragic number: 35

Points: 66Regulation wins: 26Playoff position: N/AGames left: 17Points pace: 83Next game: @ DAL (Thursday)Playoff chances: 5.3%Tragic number: 28

Points: 65Regulation wins: 23Playoff position: N/AGames left: 18Points pace: 83Next game: vs. SJ (Thursday)Playoff chances: 3.6%Tragic number: 29

Points: 54Regulation wins: 17Playoff position: N/AGames left: 17Points pace: 68Next game: vs. OTT (Thursday)Playoff chances: ~0%Tragic number: 16

Central Division

Points: 89Regulation wins: 29Playoff position: C1Games left: 15Points pace: 109Next game: vs. NJ (Thursday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 87Regulation wins: 36Playoff position: C2Games left: 18Points pace: 112Next game: vs. NSH (Wednesday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 87Regulation wins: 36Playoff position: C3Games left: 16Points pace: 108Next game: @ VAN (Wednesday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 78Regulation wins: 30Playoff position: WC1Games left: 16Points pace: 97Next game: @ WPG (Wednesday)Playoff chances: 85.6%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 71Regulation wins: 25Playoff position: N/AGames left: 16Points pace: 88Next game: vs. ANA (Thursday)Playoff chances: 21.6%Tragic number: 26

Points: 69Regulation wins: 25Playoff position: N/AGames left: 17Points pace: 87Next game: vs. LA (Wednesday)Playoff chances: 1.2%Tragic number: 26

Points: 57Regulation wins: 21Playoff position: N/AGames left: 16Points pace: 71Next game: @ NYI (Thursday)Playoff chances: ~0%Tragic number: 12

Points: 39Regulation wins: 12Playoff position: N/AGames left: 17Points pace: 49Next game: vs. LA (Friday)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Pacific Division

Points: 91Regulation wins: 36Playoff position: P1Games left: 16Points pace: 113Next game: vs. COL (Wednesday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 81Regulation wins: 31Playoff position: P2Games left: 19Points pace: 105Next game: vs. WSH (Wednesday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 77Regulation wins: 28Playoff position: P3Games left: 18Points pace: 99Next game: @ STL (Wednesday)Playoff chances: 90.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 77Regulation wins: 27Playoff position: WC2Games left: 17Points pace: 97Next game: @ CGY (Thursday)Playoff chances: 88.5%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 68Regulation wins: 22Playoff position: N/AGames left: 18Points pace: 87Next game: vs. WSH (Thursday)Playoff chances: 11.2%Tragic number: 27

Points: 67Regulation wins: 26Playoff position: N/AGames left: 17Points pace: 85Next game: vs. VGK (Thursday)Playoff chances: 1.0%Tragic number: 24

Points: 49Regulation wins: 17Playoff position: N/AGames left: 17Points pace: 62Next game: @ MIN (Thursday)Playoff chances: ~0%Tragic number: 6

Points: 39Regulation wins: 12Playoff position: N/AGames left: 18Points pace: 50Next game: @ PIT (Thursday)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

P -- Clinched Presidents' Trophy; Y -- Clinched division; X -- Clinched playoff berth; E -- Eliminated from playoff contention

Race for the No. 1 pick

The NHL uses a draft lottery to determine the order of the first round, so the team that finishes in last place is not guaranteed the No. 1 selection. As of 2021, a team can move up a maximum of 10 spots if it wins the lottery, so only 11 teams are eligible for the draw for the No. 1 pick. Full details on the process can be found here. Sitting No. 1 on the draft board for this summer is Macklin Celebrini, a freshman at Boston University.

Points: 39Regulation wins: 12

Points: 41Regulation wins: 13

Points: 49Regulation wins: 17

Points: 54Regulation wins: 17

Points: 56Regulation wins: 19

Points: 57Regulation wins: 21

Points: 60Regulation wins: 15

Points: 65Regulation wins: 23

Points: 66Regulation wins: 26

Points: 67Regulation wins: 25

Points: 67Regulation wins: 26

Points: 68Regulation wins: 22

Points: 69Regulation wins: 24

Points: 69Regulation wins: 25

Points: 71Regulation wins: 25

Points: 72Regulation wins: 23

* The Penguins' first-round pick was traded to the Sharks as part of the Erik Karlsson trade. However, it is top-10 protected.