The Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens meet Thursday in NHL action at the Bell Centre. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 42 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 42 assists and Conor Sheary has 147 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 141 goals on 1,562 shots faced, and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 80 goals on 781 shots.
The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Cole Caufield leads Montreal with 26 goals, Nick Suzuki has 38 assists and Josh Anderson has 164 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 73 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jake Allen has given up 145 goals on 1,335 shots faced, and Sam Montembeault has allowed 115 goals on 1,217 shots.
The Capitals are 0-4 in their last 4 road games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Canadiens are 2-8 in their last 10 home games and 53-112 in their last 165 overall. The over is 9-2 in Capitals last 11 overall. The under is 3-0-2 in Canadiens last 5 overall. The Capitals are 21-6 in the last 27 meetings in Montreal and 25-10 in the last 35 meetings. The road team is 25-11 in the last 36 meetings. The favorite is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The Washington Capitals are the better team on paper, but they're not winning, and they have nothing to play for at this stage. So, laying juice with the Caps isn't ideal in my eyes. If forced to pick either of these teams that are waiting for the season to end, I need plus money attached. So, give me the Montreal Canadiens.