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Canadiens Looking To End Struggles Vs Capitals

The Montreal Canadiens look to open the season with back-to-back wins for the third time in four seasons when they visit the Washington Capitals on Saturday. History is not serving the Habs in this one, with the team going just 6-15 in its past 21 games vs the Caps.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the Capitals’ last 11 games at home.
  • The Canadiens are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games on Saturday.
  • Carey Price has a 3.03 GAA and a .900 SV% in his career vs the Capitals.

There is no doubt the Canadiens will need to actually play some defense if they want to beat the Capitals. Montreal allowed 45 shots in a shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres in their season opener. Luckily for the bleu, blanc et rouge, Carey Price stood on his head and allowed just one goal despite the barrage of shots.

However, stopping the Capitals offense is much easier said than done. The Caps opened their season with a 5-4 shootout victory over the Ottawa Senators thanks to Alex Ovechkin’s hat trick. Ovie has owned the Habs in his career, racking up 43 goals and 21 assists in 42 career outings vs the Canadiens.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Washington sat as -160 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

OddsShark score prediction models pick a 3-2.8 result in favor of the Capitals today. 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 Washington Capitals are 1-0-0 so far on the season. The Montreal Canadiens, meanwhile, are 1-0-0. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Washington go 1-0 and the Canadiens go 0-0-1 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Montreal injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 3 (Washington Capitals) and the No. 15 (Montreal Canadiens) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Canadiens were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Sabres. That made winners of bettors who got Montreal at -118 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for PUSH bettors.

Washington was a 5-4 winner in its last match on the road against the Senators. They won as -133 underdogs, while the total score of 9 made winners of OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Montreal is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Montreal's last 12 games
  • Montreal is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Montreal is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games on the road
  • Washington is 2-13 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Washington is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
  • Washington is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games at home
  • Washington is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Montreal at New York, Sunday, October 8
Washington at Tampa Bay, Monday, October 9