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Canadiens vs. Capitals - 4/2/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Capitals (42-25-10) at Montreal Canadiens (47-22-8)
Date & Time Thursday April 2, 2015, 7:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -137 / Washington Capitals +124 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
CSNB, RDS
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NHL | Washington Capitals (42-25-10) at Montreal Canadiens (47-22-8)
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The Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens play Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

The Washington Capitals look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals and have scored 12 goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have one power play goal in their last six games and have won five of their last six when scoring at least three goals. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 50 goals, Troy Brouwer has 19 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 147 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.4 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five straight games. Braden Holtby has allowed 145 goals on 1,893 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 35 goals on 294 shots.

The Montreal Canadiens need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Montreal Canadiens have three power play goals in their last two games and have won four of their last five when scoring at least three goals. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 37 goals, Tomas Plekanec has 32 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 232 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canadiens are allowing 2.2 goals and have allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Carey Price has allowed 119 goals on 1,860 shots faced and Dustin Tokarski has given up 44 goals on 491 shots.

The Capitals are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 20-9 in their last 29 games playing on 1 days rest. The Canadiens are 35-16 in their last 51 vs. Eastern Conference and 8-3 in their last 11 games playing on 2 days rest. The Capitals are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Montreal and 10-4 in the last 14 meetings overall.

The Washington Capitals are one of the hotter teams in the league and are scoring goals with ease as of late. I like the value of Washington and the plus money. 

Pick:
Washington Capitals +124

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