Don’t miss out on the NHL showdown between the Canadiens and Capitals. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on MNMT, and it’s hosted by the Capitals at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this Eastern conference contest is set at 5.5 goals, with the Capitals being favored by -1.5 goals at home against the Canadiens.
MONTREAL CANADIENS VS WASHINGTON CAPITALS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Washington Capitals -1.5
This game will be played at Capital One Arena at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, February 6th.
WHY BET THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS:
- Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Canadiens to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
- We like the Canadiens on the moneyline (+136)
- The Canadiens are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Is an Upset Waiting to Happen on the Road?
Montreal enters today’s game with an overall record of 20-21-8, ranking 14th in the Eastern Conference. In the Atlantic Division, the Canadiens are in 7th place. On the road this season, Montreal has gone 10-9-5.
Over their last ten games, the Canadiens have gone 3-7, and they have lost four of their last five games. As the underdog this season, Montreal has gone 17-20-8, and they have been the underdog in 45 of their 49 games.
Montreal enters this game with an average scoring differential of -0.8 goals per game. So far, the Canadiens have 15 losses by multiple goals and 14 losses by just a single goal. Overall, the team’s puck line record for the season is at 30-19.
As the underdog, Montreal’s puck line record sits at 30-15. Currently, the Canadiens have won two straight games against the puck line and have gone 6-4 over their last ten games.
Games involving Montreal have an average of 6.3 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.4. In terms of their over/under performance, the Canadiens come in with a record of 25-23-1.
Across their three previous road games, Montreal has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 0-3 while averaging 2 goals per game.
On offense, the Canadiens are averaging 2.7 goals per game which is 28th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 28th in the league. This season, the Canadiens are 4-3 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 16-17 record.
Montreal will be looking for a good game from Cole Caufield who leads the team in scoring with 17 goals, ranking 52nd in the NHL. Caufield also comes into the game with 22 assists.
In terms of defense, the Capitals head into the game ranked 21st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.6 shots per game against Washington. So far, they are 15th in shutouts, achieving 3 shutouts.
Goalie Sam Montembeault gets the start and has made 22 starts this season. His record at this point is 11-7, and his save percentage is 0.748%.
Can the Capitals Hold Strong at Home?
At home this season, the Capitals have gone 13-7-4, including a current three-game winning streak. Overall, Washington has gone 22-18-7 this season, and they are 12th in the Eastern Conference. Against teams from the Eastern Conference, the Capitals have gone 12-13 this season.
Over their last ten games, the Capitals have gone 4-6, and they have lost three straight games. As the favorite, Washington has gone 11-1-2 this season, and they have won two straight games when favored.
Washington comes into the game with a puck line record of 21-26 overall and 11-13 at home. So far, the Capitals have an average scoring margin of -.7 goals per game.
When playing at home, they have an average scoring margin of -.3 goals per game. Overall, the team has 13 losses by one goal and 16 by more than one goal. In their last 10 games at home, the Capitals have gone 5-5 vs. the puck line.
This season, Washington’s games are averaging 5.6 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.1. The Capitals currently have an over/under record of 19-27-1.
In their last three games away from home, the Canadiens have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 1-2 vs. the spread. The team averaged 2 goals per game in this stretch.
In terms of their offensive performance, the Capitals are averaging 2.4 goals per game this season, putting them in the 30th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 31st in the league. This season, the Capitals are 7-5 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 15-13 record.
The leading scorer for Washington’s offense is Dylan Strome. Coming into the game he has 19 goals, ranking 41st in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 12 assists so far.
The Capitals defense is currently 21st in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.6 shots per game against Washington. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 15th with 3 shutouts.
Goalie Charlie Lindgren gets the start and has made 20 starts this season. His record at this point is 9-6, and his save percentage is 0.66%.