Heading into today's massive 14-game slate, one of the major storylines we're following is: Who will win the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference?

As it stands, the New York Islanders and Detroit Red Wings both have 72 points; the Isles are given the tiebreaker in the standings right now as they have a higher points percentage, but when regulation wins come into play, the Red Wings sit two ahead. But thanks to some up-and-down play from those teams as of late, there are four teams within five points behind them.

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The Isles have the best chance of making the playoffs, per Stathletes' projections, at 61.1%. Eight of their final 17 games are against teams currently outside the playoffs -- including today's matchup against the Ottawa Senators (12:30 p.m. ET, NHL Power Play on ESPN+).

The Red Wings, who have a 12.1% chance of a playoff berth, play nine of their final 16 against non-playoff clubs, though they face the hot Buffalo Sabres today (12:30 p.m. ET, NHL Network).

Speaking of the Sabres, they've gone 6-3-1 in their past 10 to pull within three points of the Isles and Wings, and have a 13.2% chance of reaching the postseason. Just seven of their remaining 15 games are against teams out of playoff position, but they've dispatched playoff-bound teams as well during the recent heater (including a 7-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights). Of note, the most recent Red Wings-Sabres tilt went to Buffalo, 7-3.

The Washington Capitals are looming one point behind the Isles and Wings and Stathletes projects their playoff chances at 37.8%. They'll skate in one of the evening's nightcaps, at the Vancouver Canucks (10 p.m. ET, NHL Power Play on ESPN+). Washington's schedule is tough, with just seven out of 17 games against teams not in playoff position.

One of those games will come against their classic rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are currently five back of the Isles and Wings. The Penguins -- who play the New York Rangers this afternoon (3 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN+) -- are the longest shot of the teams we'll mention here, with a 4.0% chance of the playoffs. And much like the Caps, seven of their final 17 contests are vs. teams currently outside the postseason mix.

Finally, the New Jersey Devils -- who had the highest projected point totals of any of these teams heading into the season -- will hope their annual trip to Arizona State University earns them two points today against the Arizona Coyotes (5 p.m. ET, NHL Power Play on ESPN+). Including today's game against the Yotes, six of the Devils' final 16 games are against teams not in playoff position, and Stathletes gives them a 14.0% chance of qualifying for the postseason.

With a matchup against one of the East's dominant powers on tap in the first round as the prize, this race is far from over. And while matching up against the Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, Rangers or Carolina Hurricanes doesn't sound appealing, the Panthers did author a stunning upset of the juggernaut No. 1 seed Bruins last spring. Could one of these teams do the same?

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 Winnipeg Jets vs. WC1 Nashville PredatorsC2 Colorado Avalanche vs. C3 Dallas StarsP1 Vancouver Canucks vs. WC2 Vegas Golden KnightsP2 Edmonton Oilers vs. P3 Los Angeles Kings

Saturday'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).

Buffalo Sabres at Detroit Red Wings, 12:30 p.m. (NHLN)Ottawa Senators at New York Islanders, 12:30 p.m.New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins, 3 p.m. (ABC/ESPN+)New Jersey Devils at Arizona Coyotes, 5 p.m.Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers, 6 p.m. (ESPN+/Hulu)Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m.Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.San Jose Sharks at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m.Montreal Canadiens at Calgary Flames, 7 p.m.Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m.Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars, 8 p.m.Colorado Avalanche at Edmonton Oilers, 10 p.m.Washington Capitals at Vancouver Canucks 10 p.m.Nashville Predators at Seattle Kraken, 10 p.m.

Friday's scoreboard

Winnipeg Jets 6, Anaheim Ducks 0Los Angeles Kings 5, Chicago Blackhawks 0

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: 37Playoff position: C1Games left: 16Points pace: 111Next game: @ CBJ (Sunday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 89Regulation wins: 36Playoff position: C2Games left: 15Points pace: 109Next game: @ EDM (Saturday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 89Regulation wins: 29Playoff position: C3Games left: 14Points pace: 107Next game: vs. LA (Saturday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 80Regulation wins: 31Playoff position: WC1Games left: 15Points pace: 98Next game: @ SEA (Saturday)Playoff chances: 95%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: 15Points pace: 50Next game: vs. SJ (Sunday)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: 79Regulation wins: 29Playoff position: P3Games left: 16Points pace: 98Next game: @ DAL (Saturday)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: 15Points pace: 60Next game: @ STL (Sunday)Playoff chances: ~0%Tragic number: 2

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.