Canadiens vs Capitals NHL Lines Preview
This Wednesday, the Montreal Canadiens travel to Washington to take on the Capitals. The Canadiens (28-27-5, 61 points) are in sixth place in the Atlantic Division. They lost 2-1 in a shootout to Nashville on Monday night. The Capitals (44-10-4, 92 points) are in first place in the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference. They knocked off the Arizona Coyotes at home, 3-2, on Monday night. Make sure to get the latest NHL betting odds here.
Montreal Canadiens vs Washington Capitals NHL Lines Preview
When: Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 7:00 PM ET
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: RSN, RDS
Radio: Washington Capitals Radio Network
Live Stream: RDS Hockey
NHL Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on the Canadiens?
It was a shame when Carey Price went down with his first lower-body injury, leaving the Canadiens without a legitimate netminder. At the time, the Canadiens were in first place in the East and looked to be heading to a Stanley Cup Final. However, the Canadiens have been playing simply awful hockey since then, which is why they are circling the drain in the conference standings now. However, the defense has slowly but surely shored up a bit, particularly on the penalty kill (#6, 83.4%). If the Canadiens can get an early goal and then lock down the Capitals with their blueliners, they have a chance to sneak out of DC with a win.
Why should you put your money on Washington?
The Capitals continue to dominate their opponents, week in and week out. They are still first in goals per game and power play percentage (23.2%), and their defense only allows 2.3 goals per game, good for 2nd in the league. The Coyotes did play them close at home on Monday night, but hockey is such a game of bounces that it would be misguided to draw alarm from that result. With the Canadiens reeling, the Capitals should be poised to deliver a rout.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like the Capitals to take the game to the Canadiens and win going away, 5-2.