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Hockey Matchup - Montreal Canadiens Washington Capitals Odds Preview

Washington Capitals

Montreal Canadiens
22-21-8 January 25, 2014, 07:00 PM | Bell Centre 27-19-5

NHL wagering interest swings to the Montreal vs Washington battle on Saturday at Bell Centre as the Canadiens try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The Capitals will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 22-21-8 this season, while the Canadiens are 27-19-5. Washington is 23-28 on the totals; Montreal is 17-27-7.

View Washington Capitals vs Montreal Canadiens Odds and Stats.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 26-ranked Canadiens and the No. 21-rated Capitals in this matchup.

Washington lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Devils on January 24. Bettors who backed the Devils at -166 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

The Canadiens were a 4-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Red Wings. That made winners of bettors who got Detroit at -112 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for PUSH bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Montreal's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 2.51 goals per game, against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 24 at 3.02 goals allowed. The Canadiens power play is averaging 19.43% while the Capitals defense kills off 80% of their penalties.

A few Capitals at Canadiens trends to consider:
Washington is 0-4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Washington is 1-6-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Washington is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Montreal
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing Montreal
Montreal is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games
Montreal is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 6 games at home
Montreal is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing Washington

Next up:
Washington at Buffalo, Tuesday, January 28th
Montreal home to Carolina, Tuesday, January 28th