The NHL matchup between Washington Capitals vs Montreal Canadiens is the second game on the road for the team from the state capital. This game pits the leader of the Metropolitan Division and the team struggling for consistency in the Atlantic Division. It’s all-out war in the Eastern Conference matchup with both franchises coming into the match with a two-game winning streak amid different circumstances. The Canadiens will welcome the Capitals at the Bell Centre, Montreal, where they’ve failed to defend their home advantage in recent games. With the that shows so much promise, they will hope to claim all available points in the game to go up the NHL standings. That task will be crucial going into the playoff series. Washington remains assured of a place in the playoffs as the leader of the Metro Division, with star man Alex Ovechkin finding his groove just in time for the postseason.
Washington Capitals vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction
Boasting a 33-11-5 record this season, the Capitals are very efficient in front of goal, sharing the goals among the players. In their last game against the New York Islanders, the scoresheet read Carl Hagelin, Jakub Vrana, Tom Wilson and three goals from Alex Ovechkin. Here’s more reason why Monday’s NHL game is not close by any stretch of the imagination:
While their offense can frighten any team, the Capitals’ defense is equally formidable. Washington proved in their previous match that they could also trust on both their goalies after they displayed a defensive barricade to rival the best in the league. Braden Holtby conceded only four goals out of 22 shots on goal in the game while Ilya Samsonov saved all seven shots sent his direction.
In Carlson, the Washington Capitals have a player that can find a pass, leading the team in assists after recording 47 assists so far this season. The only issue that may arise for the Caps is the lead scorer not featuring in the game. Alex Ovechkin is out serving a suspension and will be missed by the team after he managed 34 goals this season.
Montreal Canadiens will not go down without a fight, proving so against the Vegas Golden Knights that they can go the length of the game. They were rescued by their goalie Carey Price who made 30 saves of the Golden Knights’ 34shots in the game.
Moneyline Betting Odds
The Capitals look like a division-winning team even when they are on the road. The Canadiens have not defended home-ice very well, losing 4 of the last 10 games played at the Bell Centre. They managed to win the last two but it won’t be enough for the superior attack of the Washington Capitals.
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