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Montreal Canadiens vs Washington Capitals Betting Preview

Washington CapitalsMontreal Canadiens
Jan 18, 7:30 PM | Bell Centre

Washington Capitals vs Montreal Canadiens Odds

24-18-2TEAM RECORD17-20-8

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Washington duelling Montreal on Wednesday at Bell Centre.

This season the Canadiens are 17-20-8 overall while the Capitals are 24-18-2. As for the totals, Montreal is 18-22-5 on the OU, and Washington is 24-20.

View Washington vs Montreal Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Canadiens as +105 underdogs on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 5.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The Canadiens sit at No. 14 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Capitals sit at a No. 15 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Montreal's No. 18-ranked offense (2.6 goals per game) against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 18 at 2.9 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens powerplay has clicked at a 12.8% rate while the Capitals have a 81.3% rate on the penalty kill.

Washington was a 3-0 loser in its last match at home against the Islanders. They lost as -180 favorites, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

The Canadiens were a 4-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Rangers. That made winners of bettors who got Montreal at +115 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for PUSH bettors.

Washington Capitals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Calgary are 3-7
After playing NY Islanders are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

Montreal Canadiens Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 1-9
Before playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After playing NY Rangers are 3-7
After a win are 2-8

A few Capitals at Canadiens trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games when playing Montreal
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Montreal
Washington is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Montreal's last 7 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games
Montreal is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games at home
Montreal is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games

Next up:
Washington at Carolina, Friday, January 20
Montreal at Pittsburgh, Friday, January 20