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NHL Game Preview - Capitals underdogs vs Canadiens at Montreal

Washington CapitalsMontreal Canadiens
Feb 4, 2:00 PM | Bell Centre

Washington Capitals vs Montreal Canadiens Odds

26-20-4TEAM RECORD19-23-9

The visiting Capitals hope for a solid performance on Saturday as they look to steal a win at Bell Centre against the Montreal Canadiens.

The Capitals will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 26-20-4 this season, while the Canadiens are 19-23-9. Washington is 28-22 on the totals; Montreal is 21-25-5.

View Washington vs Montreal Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Canadiens as -120 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Canadiens - Capitals odds would favor the Canadiens if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Montreal is rated No. 11 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Washington is at No. 19.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Montreal's No. 16-ranked offense (2.6 goals per game) against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 19 at 2.9 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens powerplay has clicked at a 12.3% rate while the Capitals have a 80.8% rate on the penalty kill.

Washington lost its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Panthers on February 1. Bettors who backed the Panthers at -135 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

The Canadiens were a 5-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Devils. That made winners of bettors who got New Jersey at -128 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

Washington Capitals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Calgary are 3-7
After playing Florida are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

Montreal Canadiens Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Winnipeg are 5-5
After playing New Jersey are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Capitals at Canadiens trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 8 games when playing Montreal
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Montreal
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Washington's last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Montreal's last 8 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 7 games at home
Montreal is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Montreal is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games

Next up:
Washington home to Boston, Sunday, February 5
Montreal home to Winnipeg, Sunday, February 5