We are 37 days away from the end of the 2023-24 NHL regular season. Is it too early to start projecting the Stanley Cup Final matchups we'd like to witness? No!

One of those enticing matchups will take place Tuesday night, as the Florida Panthers visit the Dallas Stars (8 ET, NHL Power Play on ESPN+). The two teams are leading their respective divisions heading into Tuesday night's showdown, and each made smart moves leading up to the trade deadline; the Stars landed playoff-ready defensive defenseman Chris Tanev, while the Panthers nabbed scoring winger Vladimir Tarasenko and veteran forward Kyle Okposo.

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The teams met on Dec. 6, with the Panthers sending their fans home happy with a 5-4 victory. Both teams enter this matchup on relatively hot streaks, as the Panthers are 8-2-0 in their past 10 games and the Stars are 6-3-1. The eyes of the hockey world will be on this one as the two juggernauts continue their path to the postseason.

As we enter 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 Detroit Red WingsA2 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

Tuesday'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).

Detroit Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m.Columbus Blue Jackets at Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m.Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m.San Jose Sharks at Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m.New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m.Florida Panthers at Dallas Stars, 8 p.m.Arizona Coyotes at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m.Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames, 9 p.m.Vegas Golden Knights at Seattle Kraken, 10 p.m.

Monday's scoreboard

St. Louis Blues 5, Boston Bruins 1New York Rangers 3, New Jersey Devils 1Winnipeg Jets 3, Washington Capitals 0Los Angeles Kings 3, New York Islanders 0

Expanded standings

Atlantic Division

Points: 92Regulation wins: 36Playoff position: A1Games left: 17Points pace: 116Next game: @ DAL (Tuesday)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: 90.1%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 72Regulation wins: 23Playoff position: WC2Games left: 18Points pace: 92Next game: @ BUF (Tuesday)Playoff chances: 32.6%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 65Regulation wins: 24Playoff position: N/AGames left: 17Points pace: 82Next game: vs. DET (Tuesday)Playoff chances: 5.4%Tragic number: 27

Points: 58Regulation wins: 14Playoff position: N/AGames left: 18Points pace: 74Next game: vs. CBJ (Tuesday)Playoff chances: ~0%Tragic number: 22

Points: 54Regulation wins: 19Playoff position: N/AGames left: 20Points pace: 71Next game: vs. PIT (Tuesday)Playoff chances: ~0%Tragic number: 22

Metropolitan Division

Points: 88Regulation wins: 34Playoff position: M1Games left: 18Points pace: 113Next game: @ CAR (Tuesday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 84Regulation wins: 33Playoff position: M2Games left: 18Points pace: 108Next game: vs. NYR (Tuesday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 74Regulation wins: 25Playoff position: M3Games left: 17Points pace: 93Next game: vs. SJ (Tuesday)Playoff chances: 57.2%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 72Regulation wins: 21Playoff position: N/AGames left: 18Points pace: 92Next game: @ BUF (Thursday)Playoff chances: 74.8%Tragic number: 36

Points: 69Regulation wins: 24Playoff position: N/AGames left: 19Points pace: 90Next game: @ EDM (Wednesday)Playoff chances: 29.6%Tragic number: 35

Points: 66Regulation wins: 26Playoff position: N/AGames left: 17Points pace: 83Next game: @ DAL (Thursday)Playoff chances: 6.4%Tragic number: 28

Points: 64Regulation wins: 23Playoff position: N/AGames left: 19Points pace: 83Next game: @ OTT (Tuesday)Playoff chances: 4.2%Tragic number: 30

Points: 54Regulation wins: 17Playoff position: N/AGames left: 18Points pace: 69Next game: @ MTL (Tuesday)Playoff chances: ~0%Tragic number: 18

Central Division

Points: 89Regulation wins: 29Playoff position: C1Games left: 16Points pace: 111Next game: vs. FLA (Tuesday)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: 85Regulation wins: 35Playoff position: C3Games left: 17Points pace: 107Next game: @ CGY (Tuesday)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 78Regulation wins: 30Playoff position: WC1Games left: 16Points pace: 97Next game: @ WPG (Wednesday)Playoff chances: 88.1%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 69Regulation wins: 25Playoff position: N/AGames left: 17Points pace: 87Next game: vs. LA (Wednesday)Playoff chances: 1.4%Tragic number: 28

Points: 69Regulation wins: 24Playoff position: N/AGames left: 17Points pace: 87Next game: vs. ARI (Tuesday)Playoff chances: 12.7%Tragic number: 28

Points: 57Regulation wins: 21Playoff position: N/AGames left: 17Points pace: 72Next game: @ MIN (Tuesday)Playoff chances: ~0%Tragic number: 16

Points: 39Regulation wins: 12Playoff position: N/AGames left: 17Points pace: 49Next game: vs. ANA (Tuesday)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: 91.4%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 75Regulation wins: 27Playoff position: WC2Games left: 18Points pace: 96Next game: @ SEA (Tuesday)Playoff chances: 87.6%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 67Regulation wins: 22Playoff position: N/AGames left: 19Points pace: 87Next game: vs. VGK (Tuesday)Playoff chances: 12.0%Tragic number: 30

Points: 67Regulation wins: 26Playoff position: N/AGames left: 18Points pace: 86Next game: vs. COL (Tuesday)Playoff chances: 6.8%Tragic number: 28

Points: 49Regulation wins: 17Playoff position: N/AGames left: 18Points pace: 63Next game: @ CHI (Tuesday)Playoff chances: ~0%Tragic number: 10

Points: 39Regulation wins: 12Playoff position: N/AGames left: 19Points pace: 51Next game: @ PHI (Tuesday)Playoff chances: ~0%Tragic number: 2

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: 39Regulation wins: 12

Points: 49Regulation wins: 17

Points: 54Regulation wins: 17

Points: 54Regulation wins: 19

Points: 57Regulation wins: 21

Points: 58Regulation wins: 14

Points: 64Regulation wins: 23

Points: 65Regulation wins: 24

Points: 66Regulation wins: 26

Points: 67Regulation wins: 22

Points: 67Regulation wins: 26

Points: 69Regulation wins: 24

Points: 69Regulation wins: 24

Points: 69Regulation wins: 25

Points: 72Regulation wins: 21

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