NHL Betting: Capitalize On Streaking Washington At Canadiens

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals moves the puck up ice

Monday, January 9, 2017 7:55 PM GMT

Will the Washington Capitals extend their five-game winning streak on Monday or will the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens extend their own streak to four?  Handicapper Dana Lane explains why the plus money side is the correct play.

Washington Capitals At Montreal Canadiens

Let's get to the news that T.J. Oshie will not play for the Capitals in Montreal. When this news gets to the "Joes," they will bet Montreal in a typical overreaction to an injury. Oshie suffered an upper body injury Saturday in Ottawa. He is listed as day-to-day. Oshie has 13 goals and seven assists.

This is not new territory for Barry Trotz's team as Oshie missed seven games earlier in the season, so Washington will have a plan in place to counter the loss. Expect Brett Connolly to take Oshie's spot on the Alexander Ovechkin & Nicklas Backstrom line. Tom Wilson, who missed Sunday's practice with a lower-body injury, will play tonight for the Capitals.

It's not like the Canadiens are healthy, either. They've had to rely on depth to win games as of late. Still no official word if Alex Galchenyuk or Andrei Markov will play vs. Washington but word is they are as close as they've been in awhile. Even if they do return, we look back to our rule of not jumping on teams who are getting impactful players back because there is still a process of cohesion. Andrew Shaw and Paul Byron have started to skate but no timetable on their return.

The Capitals have won five straight on NHL picks and have just one fewer point than the Canadiens. The difference is Montreal leads the Atlantic, while Washington is holding on to a wild-card spot. This leaves the Capitals in a position of wanting to prove themselves. We recently saw what happens when the Caps have something to prove as they easily ended the Columbus Blue Jackets' 16-game win streak with a 5-0 win.

This is a revenge spot for Washington as the Caps dropped their first meeting, 2-1, on Dec. 17. This team is starting to show some guts again as reliable players who have been struggling, such as Evgeny Kuznetsov, are starting to find their way to the scoresheet again. Kuznetsov has six points in his last three games.

The best NHL moneyline number currently is Washington at even money so that's the direction we're taking. Season NHL record: 42-36 (+13.52 units).

NHL Free Pick: Capitals +100

Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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