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Faves Struggling When Habs, Caps Meet

The Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals have been two of the top teams in the NHL’s Eastern Conference for years now. With these teams representing the best vs the best, books have had a hard time tabbing the winner as the favorites are just 1-8 in the last nine meetings between the Caps and the Habs.

Shark Bites
  • The Canadiens are 15-3 in their last 18 games against the East.
  • The Capitals are 8-1 in their last nine against the Atlantic.
  • The Habs are 5-0 in their last five December games.

The Capitals are one of the hottest teams in hockey as they enter the game Thursday on a five-game winning streak. Through the month of November, the Caps were 9-3-2 and with a win they will climb into a tie for second in the East with the New York Rangers.

Since Brendan Gallagher has been out of the lineup, the Canadiens have been trying to figure out their line combinations, but it seems that coach Michel Therrian has settled it. Dale Weise will join Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais on the top line with Paul Byron flanking Tomas Plekanec and Tomas Fleischmann.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Montreal Canadiens as -113 favorites earlier today. The over under opened at 5 at MyBookie for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 2.7-2.6 result in favor of the Capitals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Washington Capitals vs Montreal Canadiens Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This season the Montreal Canadiens are 19-4-3 overall while the Washington Capitals are 17-5-1. As for the totals, Montreal is 14-8-4 on the OU, and Washington is 9-12-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Montreal vs Washington injuries news.

This game puts the Montreal Canadiens, most recently No. 3 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Washington Capitals, who rate a No. 2 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Montreal Canadiens No. 2-ranked offense (3.46 goals per game) against a Washington Capitals defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.22 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens powerplay has clicked at a 23.91% rate while the Capitals have a 83.33% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Washington won its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Maple Leafs on November 28. Bettors who backed the Capitals at -135 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Montreal won its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Blue Jackets on December 01. Bettors who backed the Canadiens at -151 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
  • Washington is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • Washington is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing Montreal
  • Montreal is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 13 of Montreal's last 19 games
  • Montreal is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games at home
  • Montreal is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games when playing Washington

Next Betting Matchups

Washington at Winnipeg, Saturday, December 5th
Montreal at Carolina, Saturday, December 5th