NHL Picks: Capitols vs. Canadiens Odds & Preview

David Lawrence

Saturday, April 20, 2013 1:39 PM GMT

The Capitals and Canadiens occupy two of the top spots in the Eastern Conference and even though the Canadiens have nine more points, it’s actually the Capitals that are playing better these days.

NHL Betting: Capitals vs. Canadiens Picks

Even so, the Habs are a sizable favorite at home on Saturday but bettors will have to consider whether the price tag is actually worth the investment.

Record: 132-151 (-822)

The Washington Capitals can win because…

Nothing can stop the Caps these days. Yes, they are coming off a defeat but losses have been very uncharacteristic for the Capitals, who won their eight previous games before losing in Ottawa on Thursday. One of those wins was a 3-2 victory in Montreal, so they’ll feel right at home on Saturday. 

The Canadiens are having issues in net and people examining the NHL odds will want to keep in mind that Montreal has allowed a whopping 20 goals in their last four games. If the Habs are shaky in net once more, the Caps should easily cash in as a road dog.

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The Montreal Canadiens can win because…

The Caps have cooled off and the Habs got their house in order. Had this game been played before Thursday, there would be no way to trust Montreal. They had lost three straight while the Caps were riding an eight-game winning streak. However, the Caps fell 3-1 in Ottawa while the Habs straightened out with a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay. The Habs have won five of their last seven home games and should be able to carry some momentum over from their win over the Lightning.

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Outlook & Pick 

This looks like a good opportunity to take a shot with the Caps. The Habs are a sizable home favorite but that doesn’t make sense. Washington has won their last five trips to Montreal and eight of the last 10 meetings overall. On top of that, they are playing much better than the Habs these days – especially in net. Take a flier on the Caps with your NHL picks on Saturday.

NHL Pick: Capitals +130 at Bet365