Washington Capitals (5-3-2) at Montreal Canadiens (6-3-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 1, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +110 / Washington Capitals -135 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Washington Capitals and the Montreal Canadiens meet in NHL action from the Bell Centre on Thursday night.
The Washington Capitals will look to keep their momentum going with points in 4 of their last 5 games following a 4-3 shootout win over Calgary in their last outing. Jakub Vrana and TJ Oshie opened up a 2-0 lead for the Caps, but the Flames would respond and tie the game at 2-2 after the 1st period. Matt Niskanen gave Washington a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes but the Flames would end up tying the game with 1:27 to go. The overtime period solved nothing, so it was off to the shootout where Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstroke would each add a shootout marker to give the Caps the extra point. Pheonix Copley picked up his first win, stopping 27 of 30 shots and another 3 of 4 faced in the shootout.
The Montreal Canadiens will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 6 games following a 4-1 loss to Dallas in their last outing. The Habs found themselves down 2-0 after the 2nd period and Brendan Gallagher would cut the deficit in half with his 7th goal of the season, but it was all for naught as that was all of the scoring that Montreal would do in the losing effort. Carey Price took the loss, falling to 4-2-2 after allowing 3 goals on 21 shots in the losing effort.
Washington is 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win and 33-16 in their last 49 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Montreal is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 19-39 in their last 58 games overall while the over is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games against the Metropolitan division. Washington is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 17-5 in the last 22 meetings between these two teams in Montreal.
Montreal has been better than expected up to this point, but for some reason, whenever I back Montreal, it comes back to bite me in the butt and it’s hard to figure out when to back the Tabs considering their issues with consistency. Washington has been solid on the road dating back to last season, and if we’re being honest, they’ve downright owned Montreal at the Bell Centre for the last few seasons. All in all, I think Washington is the more trustworthy team so I’ll side with the Capitals to continue their road dominance over Montreal.