Despite having 55 points, three back of the NHL lead, the Washington Capitals are fourth in the extremely competitive Metropolitan division. If they want to keep pace with the Penguins and Rangers tonight, they’ll have to get it done against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Both teams are running hot to start the New Year and will be looking to end each other’s respective winning streaks.
- The Capitals are 10-1 in their last 11 games with 1 day off between games.
- The Capitals are 9-1 in their last 10 games on the road against the Canadiens.
- The total has gone UNDER in 18 of the Capitals’ last 24 games against the Canadiens.
The Canadiens have gotten the best of the Caps in their last two meetings and took a 2-1 result in their only matchup so far this season. That, however, is not how this head-to-head has been trending as the Caps have absolutely owned the Habs North of the border.
Braden Holtby (18-8-4, 1.93 GAA, .931 SV %) is riding a two-game shutout streak into this one and it’s been confirmed he’ll fill the Capitals’ net this evening to most likely face off against fellow Canadian backstop Carey Price. Price’s numbers (20-5-4, 2.06 GAA, .930 SV %) have dropped back down to earth a little bit with his recent struggles but that shouldn’t mean much for this game. No. 31 is 14-3-2 at the Bell Centre this season with a .936 save percentage.
We could have a goalie duel on our hands tonight and you’re probably best off taking the UNDER.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
If you’re backing the visiting Washington Capitals in this one, they Capitals listed earlier today as underdogs of -103 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5, depending on the book.
Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 3.4-2.3 win for the Capitals. 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
25-9-6 Montreal battles the Capitals, currently with a 25-9-5 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 17-16-7 for the Canadiens and 15-16-8 for the Capitals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Montreal vs Washington injuries news.
It’s an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 6-rated Montreal Canadiens and the No. 9-ranked Washington Capitals, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds – Shark
Offensively, the game matches up the Montreal Canadiens No. 5-ranked offense (3.1 goals per game) against a Washington Capitals defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.13 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens powerplay has clicked at a 21.09% rate while the Capitals have a 87.14% rate on the penalty kill.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Capitals were a 1-0 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Senators. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at -145 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for OVER bettors.
In their last action, Montreal was a 5-3 winner on the road against the Maple Leafs. Bettors on Montreal at -105 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.
- Washington is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
- Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Washington is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- Montreal is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
- Montreal is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal’s last 6 games
- Montreal is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Washington home to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, January 11th
Montreal at Winnipeg, Wednesday, January 11th