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Hockey odds preview - Washington vs. Montreal

Washington CapitalsMontreal Canadiens
April 20, 7:00 PM | Bell Centre

Washington Capitals vs Montreal Canadiens Odds

24-18-2TEAM RECORD27-12-5

The Montreal Canadiens look to emerge victorious in NHL odds action as the Capitals arrive at Bell Centre on Saturday.

Supporters of the Capitals have seen them go 24-18-2 so far this season, while the Canadiens are at 27-12-5. In totals betting, the Canadiens are 23-21, while the Capitals are 19-22-3.

View Washington vs Montreal Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Capitals were listed as +-142 underdogs on the hockey moneyline earlier at Bovada. The total was set at 5.5 before betting started earlier on Monday at BetOnline.

Power Rankings:
The Canadiens sit at No. 2 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Capitals sit at a No. 17 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Montreal's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 3.1 goals per game, against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 17 at 2.8 goals allowed. The Canadiens power play is averaging 21.7% while the Capitals defense kills off 77% of their penalties.

Washington lost its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Senators on April 18. Bettors who backed the Senators at -112 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

The Canadiens were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Lightning. That made winners of bettors who got Montreal at -140 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Washington Capitals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Calgary are 3-7
After playing Ottawa are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

Montreal Canadiens Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing New Jersey are 6-4
After playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Capitals at Canadiens trends to consider:
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Montreal
Washington is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Washington is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Montreal
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games when playing Montreal
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Montreal's last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Montreal's last 7 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 6 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games

Next up:
Washington home to Winnipeg, Tuesday, April 23
Montreal at New Jersey, Tuesday, April 23