Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens - 12/26/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (20-13-3) at Washington Capitals (25-6-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals -195 / Montreal Canadiens +175 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals square off Saturday at the Verizon Center.
The Montreal Canadiens need a victory in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power plays. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 14 goals, Alex Galchenyuk has 15 assists and Dale Weise has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.9 percent of their power play chances. Mike Condon has allowed 50 goals on 512 shots faced and Carey Price has given up 24 goals on 365 shots. Condon has allowed nine goals in his last three games. Tom Gilbert is questionable with a lower-body injury.
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The Washington Capitals look to build on their current six-game winning streak. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 25.7 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 17 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 21 assists and T.J. Oshie has 86 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 84.2 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 52 goals on 751 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 15 goals on 174 shots. Holtby has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Canadiens are 23-7 in their last 30 vs. Metropolitan and 0-5 in their last 5 road games. The Capitals are 5-0 in their last 5 games following a win and 36-15 in their last 51 home games. The Canadiens are 4-12 in the last 16 meetings.
We all know the Capitals are the better team and are playing lights out hockey right now. However, the Canadiens have the talent to turn things around and maybe the mini break helps. I'll take a shot in the dark with the big boy plus money.