Montreal Canadians (14-11) @ Washington Capitals (12-13)
According to NHL betting odds Washington is a -115 money line home favorite and the total is 5.5. These two clubs have seen just 3 of their last 17 meetings go over the total. The road team has won the last 4-games in this series. Washington has gone 8-2 in their last 10-games versus Montreal.
Habs are Heating Up
This will be the Canadians 2nd trip to the Verizon Center in the last 8 days to face the Capitals. In the previous meeting last Thursday, Montreal came away with a 3-2 win. Montreal enters today riding a 4-game win streak, and has won 6 of their last 8 overall. The Canadians have been a very good 7-4 on the road versus the money line this season, including 3-0 in the last 3. The Montreal power play has been one of the very best in the NHL in the early part of the schedule as they’re converting on 24.0% of their opportunities. They are second in the NHL to only the Bruins in goals allowed per game. The goaltending of Carey Price and backup Peter Budaj has been outstanding in the early part of the year. Tonight will mark the first of a 4-game in 6-day stretch for Montreal. The Canadians have gone over the total in just 1 of their last 12 road games.
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The Capitals will enter today’s game looking to break a 4-game losing streak. This will be just their 2nd game in the last 6-days. The last time they took the ice they were a 6-4 home loser to the Ottawa Senators. It was the first time in 5-games they went over the total. As good as tonight’s opponent’s power play has been this season, the Capitals have been even better. Washington has converted on 24.5% of their man advantage situations which ranks 3rd in the NHL.
NHL Totals Super System
Any team playing with same season revenge from a loss as a home favorite and has a money line winning percentage of .400 to .490, versus an opponent with a winning record versus the money line has seen 81 of those 122-games (66.4%) go under the total since the beginning of the 1996-1997 season.