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Cruising Capitals Host Lowly Canadiens

Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals NHL

Alex Ovechkin and the NHL’s best team, the Washington Capitals, vie for their fifth-straight win when they host the Montreal Canadiens at the Verizon Center Tuesday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Capitals are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games.
  • The Canadiens are 0-5 SU in their last five games on the road.
  • The Canadiens are 3-8 in their last 11 games versus the Metropolitan Division.

Online book Bovada is currently offering the Caps as -230 faves on home ice in moneyline markets while the Canadiens are +180. The total is tabbed at 5.5 with OVER sitting at +105 and UNDER presently -135.

The Caps have been the league’s dominant force since the puck dropped on the season and they haven’t looked back. They head into Wednesday’s game with 92 points – 17 up on the East’s next best team, the Florida Panthers. Each of the victories in their current streak have been close, with a 3-2 triumph on home ice over the Arizona Coyotes serving as their last effort Monday.

Ovechkin has caught fire of late, tallying 11 goals and 13 points in 10 February games, catapulting him to the top of the NHL’s goalscoring leaderboard with 39. The sniper has failed to score against just four teams this season and these Canadiens can lay claim to being one of those franchises.

The Habs are surely anticipating the end of the season as they plummet down the standings with each passing day. They’ve lost four of five with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators coming in their last effort Monday.

Though the Capitals do not provide a ton of value on a standalone moneyline ticket, they are great candidate for parlay tickets. They’ve won the two previous meetings with the Habs already this season and are surely in store for a third Wednesday.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Montreal Canadiens opened as 190 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including BetOnline. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under betting, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 3.5-2 victory for the Capitals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Montreal Canadiens vs Washington Capitals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Montreal Canadiens will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 28-27-5 this season, while the Capitals are 44-10-4. Montreal is 29-23-8 against the total, while Washington is 24-23-11 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Montreal injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 21-rated Montreal Canadiens taking on the No. 3-rated Washington Capitals in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Washington Capitals No. 1-ranked offense (3.34 goals per game) against a Montreal Canadiens defense that ranks No. 18 at 2.75 goals per game allowed. The Capitals powerplay has clicked at a 24.31% rate while the Canadiens have a 82.87% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Montreal was a 2-1 loser in its last match at home against the Predators. They lost as favorites, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Washington won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Coyotes on February 22. Bettors who backed the Capitals at -245 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Montreal is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Montreal's last 12 games
  • Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games on the road
  • Washington is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
  • Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Washington is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games when playing Montreal
  • The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Washington's last 22 games when playing Montreal

Next Betting Matchups

Montreal home to Toronto, Saturday, February 27th
Washington home to Minnesota, Friday, February 26th

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