Last summer, there was some thought that the Winnipeg Jets would be entering a period of rebuilding, as goaltender Connor Hellebuyck and center Mark Scheifele were entering the final season of their contracts, with many thinking both of them would be moved for prospects and draft picks. Instead, both signed long-term contracts, and with about a month to go in the season, the Jets have a real shot at earning the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

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Heading into Friday night's game against the Anaheim Ducks (8 p.m. ET, NHL Power Play on ESPN+), the Jets are TK points behind the pace in the Central Division, with TK games in hand. The Vancouver Canucks currently sit atop the entire conference with 92 points, but the Jets have two games in hand on them.

Stathletes gives the Jets a 28.3% chance of winning the Central, and projects them for 108.2 points in the standings (compared to 112.1 for the Canucks).

Tonight's game against the Ducks is one of eight of the Jets' final 17 on the schedule against teams currently outside of playoff position. Vitally, they'll play the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars once again apiece, and their final game of the season is against, you guessed it, the Canucks. So there might be something pretty significant on the line for that contest on Apr. 18.

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 Colorado Avalanche vs. WC1 Nashville PredatorsC2 Dallas Stars vs. C3 Winnipeg JetsP1 Vancouver Canucks vs. WC2 Vegas Golden KnightsP2 Edmonton Oilers vs. P3 Los Angeles Kings

Friday'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).

Anaheim Ducks at Winnipeg Jets, 8 p.m.Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NHLN)

Thursday's scoreboard

Buffalo Sabres 4, New York Islanders 0Boston Bruins 2, Montreal Canadiens 1 (OT)Arizona Coyotes 4, Detroit Red Wings 1Tampa Bay Lightning 6, New York Rangers 3Pittsburgh Penguins 6, San Jose Sharks 3Carolina Hurricanes 4, Florida Panthers 0Ottawa Senators 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (SO)Toronto Maple Leafs 6, Philadelphia Flyers 2New Jersey Devils 6, Dallas Stars 2Minnesota Wild 2, Anaheim Ducks 0Calgary Flames 4, Vegas Golden Knights 1Washington Capitals 2, Seattle Kraken 1

Expanded standings

Atlantic Division

Points: 94Regulation wins: 37Playoff position: A1Games left: 15Points pace: 115Next game: vs. TB (Saturday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 93Regulation wins: 30Playoff position: A2Games left: 14Points pace: 112Next game: vs. PHI (Saturday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 84Regulation wins: 26Playoff position: A3Games left: 17Points pace: 106Next game: vs. CAR (Saturday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 76Regulation wins: 28Playoff position: WC1Games left: 16Points pace: 94Next game: @ FLA (Saturday)Playoff chances: 92.7%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 72Regulation wins: 23Playoff position: N/AGames left: 16Points pace: 90Next game: vs. BUF (Saturday)Playoff chances: 12.1%Tragic number: 32

Points: 69Regulation wins: 26Playoff position: N/AGames left: 15Points pace: 85Next game: @ DET (Saturday)Playoff chances: 13.2%Tragic number: 27

Points: 61Regulation wins: 15Playoff position: N/AGames left: 16Points pace: 76Next game: @ CGY (Saturday)Playoff chances: ~0%Tragic number: 21

Points: 58Regulation wins: 19Playoff position: N/AGames left: 18Points pace: 74Next game: @ NYI (Saturday)Playoff chances: ~0%Tragic number: 22

Metropolitan Division

Points: 90Regulation wins: 35Playoff position: M1Games left: 16Points pace: 112Next game: @ PIT (Saturday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 86Regulation wins: 34Playoff position: M2Games left: 16Points pace: 107Next game: @ TOR (Saturday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 76Regulation wins: 26Playoff position: M3Games left: 15Points pace: 93Next game: @ BOS (Saturday)Playoff chances: 65.2%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 72Regulation wins: 21Playoff position: WC2Games left: 17Points pace: 91Next game: vs. OTT (Saturday)Playoff chances: 61.1%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 71Regulation wins: 25Playoff position: N/AGames left: 17Points pace: 90Next game: @ VAN (Saturday)Playoff chances: 37.8%Tragic number: 33

Points: 68Regulation wins: 27Playoff position: N/AGames left: 16Points pace: 85Next game: @ ARI (Saturday)Playoff chances: 14.0%Tragic number: 28

Points: 67Regulation wins: 24Playoff position: N/AGames left: 17Points pace: 85Next game: vs. NYR (Saturday)Playoff chances: 4.0%Tragic number: 29

Points: 55Regulation wins: 17Playoff position: N/AGames left: 16Points pace: 68Next game: vs. SJ (Saturday)Playoff chances: ~0%Tragic number: 15

Central Division

Points: 89Regulation wins: 36Playoff position: C1Games left: 15Points pace: 109Next game: @ EDM (Saturday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 89Regulation wins: 29Playoff position: C2Games left: 14Points pace: 107Next game: vs. LA (Saturday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 87Regulation wins: 36Playoff position: C3Games left: 17Points pace: 110Next game: vs. ANA (Friday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 80Regulation wins: 31Playoff position: WC1Games left: 15Points pace: 98Next game: @ SEA (Saturday)Playoff chances: 95.0%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 73Regulation wins: 26Playoff position: N/AGames left: 15Points pace: 89Next game: @ STL (Saturday)Playoff chances: 25.8%Tragic number: 26

Points: 71Regulation wins: 26Playoff position: N/AGames left: 16Points pace: 88Next game: vs. MIN (Saturday)Playoff chances: 2.6%Tragic number: 26

Points: 59Regulation wins: 22Playoff position: N/AGames left: 15Points pace: 72Next game: vs. NJ (Saturday)Playoff chances: ~0%Tragic number: 12

Points: 41Regulation wins: 13Playoff position: N/AGames left: 16Points pace: 51Next game: vs. LA (Friday)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Pacific Division

Points: 92Regulation wins: 36Playoff position: P1Games left: 15Points pace: 113Next game: vs. WSH (Saturday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 83Regulation wins: 32Playoff position: P2Games left: 18Points pace: 106Next game: vs. COL (Saturday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 77Regulation wins: 28Playoff position: P3Games left: 17Points pace: 97Next game: @ CHI (Friday)Playoff chances: 85.4%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 77Regulation wins: 27Playoff position: WC2Games left: 16Points pace: 96Next game: vs. NJ (Sunday)Playoff chances: 84.4%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 69Regulation wins: 27Playoff position: N/AGames left: 16Points pace: 86Next game: vs. MTL (Saturday)Playoff chances: 2.8%Tragic number: 24

Points: 68Regulation wins: 22Playoff position: N/AGames left: 17Points pace: 86Next game: vs. NSH (Saturday)Playoff chances: 4.1%Tragic number: 25

Points: 49Regulation wins: 17Playoff position: N/AGames left: 16Points pace: 61Next game: @ WPG (Friday)Playoff chances: ~0%Tragic number: 4

Points: 39Regulation wins: 12Playoff position: N/AGames left: 17Points pace: 49Next game: @ CBJ (Saturday)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: 55Regulation wins: 17

Points: 58Regulation wins: 19

Points: 59Regulation wins: 22

Points: 61Regulation wins: 15

Points: 67Regulation wins: 24

Points: 68Regulation wins: 22

Points: 68Regulation wins: 27

Points: 69Regulation wins: 26

Points: 69Regulation wins: 27

Points: 71Regulation wins: 25

Points: 71Regulation wins: 26

Points: 72Regulation wins: 23

Points: 73Regulation wins: 26

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