Montreal Canadiens (18-21-6) at Washington Capitals (28-14-4)
|Date & Time||Friday January 19, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Capitals / Montreal Canadiens --- Over/Under:
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The Washington Capitals look to shake off an overtime loss in New Jersey on Thursday as they head home to welcome the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.
The Canadiens look to shake out of their losing funk with a big time win on the road against the Capitals on Friday as they have slipped to 2-8 in their last 10 games and they are in tough against Washington who is red hot and has won six of their last seven. The Habs have had a terrible season and things don’t appear to be getting any better as they are outmatched by most teams in their division and with the trade deadline approaching I think it is safe to say the Canadiens will be sellers and have some big changes on the horizon. The Canadiens are expected to send Carey Price to the crease here as he will face off against Philipp Grubauer who will likely get the nod in this back to back spot for the Caps.
Washington meanwhile continues to be excellent on home ice and have dominated opponents from the Atlantic division which bodes well for them here against the Canadiens who are 2-6 in their last eight meetings with the Caps. Washington is expected to be buyers at the trade deadline and they could afford to bring in another top end defenseman but against the Canadiens that doesn’t appear to be a huge concern as Montreal’s offense has gone dry and this team isn’t looking like a group capable of even qualifying for the playoffs at the moment, let alone making a run in the Eastern Conference.
The Habs are winless in their last five road games and are 3-8 in their last 11 against the Metro while the Capitals are 62-19 in their last 81 against the Atlantic and 41-13 in their last 54 home games. Montreal is in trouble right now and are on auto fade and while Washington is in a back to back with their second string goaltender I don’t think it matters.