The Washington Capitals lead in the Southeast Division was reduced to one point in today’s early NHL betting action, now they take on a Montreal Canadians team with just one win in its past four games.
The Capitals have won five straight games in Montreal by a combined score of 15-4 score and including playoffs, Washington is 8-1-1 in their last 10 visits to La Belle Province’s Bell Centre.
Alex Ovechkin scored the game tying goal to spark his club past Montreal 3-2 when these teams met April 9 and the NHL’s leading scorer has made 15 of his 28 goals count with the man advantage, boosting the Caps to No. 1 in power play success rate (25-percent).
Tonight’s starting goalies are Braden Holtby for the Caps and Carey Price for the Habs and while Price made 30 saves in the 4-1 win against Washington Jan. 24, that’s his only victory in the last six tries vs. the Capitals. In eight home starts vs. Washington Price holds a 1-5-2 record with a 3.58 goals against average (GAA).
Prior to Thursday night’s 3-2 home win vs. Tampa Bay, Price had lost four in a row while posting a 6.05 GAA. Against the Lightning the normally sturdy Price stopped 32 shots but he also received a lot of help from every goalie’s best friend, the post.
Montreal has to sort itself out in time for the postseason but given their play of late, the moneyline price of -150 (or more) on the home side seems a little exaggerated. Online sportsbooks are offering back +130 or better on the Caps and we feel they are the more hungry of these two teams.
Pick: Take the Capitals
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