Two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference will do battle in Saturday’s matinee slate of NHL action when the Washington Capitals travel to La Belle Province to face off against the Montreal Canadiens.
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- The Capitals are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games after a win.
- The Canadiens are 19-8 SU in their last 27 games at home.
- The Capitals are 14-6 SU in their last 20 games against the Canadiens.
Washington is on a torrid pace right now, as the Caps are enjoying a scintillating 14-2-1 run to reach the top of the Metropolitan Division. The Habs haven’t been nearly as hot lately, dropping five of their last eight heading into this one.
Caps superstar Alexander Ovechkin loves facing the bleu, blanc et rouge, as the Russian has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in his last 12 vs Montreal. The Capitals’ fifth-ranked offense is as well-rounded as you’ll find in the NHL right now, with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie have provided some much-needed secondary scoring behind Ovechkin.
The OVER is a fantastic wager in Washington games recently. Six of the Capitals’ last eight have gone above the closing total.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Betting fans looking to back the visiting Washington Capitals before puck drop in this match found them as -113 moneyline favorites at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5, according to BetOnline.
Odds – Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 3-2.4 win for the Canadiens on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
Washington Capitals vs Montreal Canadiens Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Montreal Canadiens sport a record of 30-15-7 heading into this matchup, while the Washington Capitals sit at 34-11-6 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 22-21-9 for the Canadiens and 23-18-10 for the Capitals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Montreal vs Washington injuries news.
The Montreal Canadiens sit at No. 14 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds – Shark, while the Washington Capitals sit at a No. 1 on the same chart.
The game also pits Montreal’s No. 7-ranked offense, averaging 3 goals per game, against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.2 goals allowed. The Canadiens power play is averaging 23.23% while the Capitals defense kills off 83.89% of their penalties.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Washington won its last outing, a 5-3 result against the Bruins on February 01. Bettors who backed the Capitals at -148 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.
Montreal was a 3-1 loser in its last match on the road against the Flyers. They lost as -120 underdogs, while the total score of 4 made winners of UNDER bettors.
- Washington is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games
- Washington is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington’s last 8 games
- Washington is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
- Montreal is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
- Montreal is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
- Montreal is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Montreal’s last 9 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Washington home to Los Angeles, Sunday, February 5th
Montreal home to Edmonton, Sunday, February 5th