Canadiens vs. Capitals - 1/31/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (25-14-9) at Montreal Canadiens (31-13-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -135 / Washington Capitals +122 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNB, RDS, SPNET
The Washington Capitals and Montreal Candiens play Saturday afternoon at the Bell Centre.
The Washington Capitals hope to get some consistency going after splitting their last 10 games. The Capitals are averaging three goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have scored two power play goals in their last four games and have split their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 29 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 35 assists and Eric Fehr has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Braden Holtby has allowed 92 goals on 1,176 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 27 goals on 198 shots.
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The Montreal Candiens hope to keep things going after winning five of their last six games. The Candiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Montreal Candiens have scored five power play goals in their last four games and have won 11 straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 21 goals, P.K. Subban has 21 assists and Tomas Plekanec has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the Candiens are allowing 2.3 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Carey Price has allowed 79 goals on 1,120 shots faced and Dustin Tokarski has given up 24 goals on 289 shots.
The Capitals are 0-4 in their last 4 road games and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Atlantic. The Canadiens are 17-7 in their last 24 home games and 8-1 in their last 9 vs. Metropolitan. The Capitals are 7-0 in the last 7 meetings in Montreal and 10-3 in the last 13 meetings overall.
Although the Capitals have owned the Candiens as of late, I like Montreal on its home ice. The Candiens are tough to beat at home and have won 17 of their last 24 on their home ice.