Washington vs Montreal: prediction for the NHL game
The Washington Capitals are 3rd in the Eastern Conference standings with 27 points. In general, the Capitals are having a solid season, but every now and then they make mistakes, like in the recent away series, when they easily beat Los Angeles (2:0) and San Jose (4:0), but got crushed by Seattle (2:5).
The Capitals lost only one home game in regulation. They average between 3 and 4 goals per game in home matches, and in particular, Alexander Ovechkin has been fantastic. He has already chalked up 15 goals and the same number of assists.
The Montreal Canadiens are last in the East with just 12 points in the asset. The Canadiens struggle this season and mostly earn points at home, so it will be extremely difficult for them to put up a fight in Washington. Montreal were on a losing streak of four games, but they managed to break it by beating Nashville (6:3).
Ducharme's men celebrated success in one out of nine away games this season. Moreover, the Canadiens have the worst defense in the NHL and they concede 3-4 goals in every game.
Montreal usually concede 3 or more goals per game.
In 4 out of 5 head-to-head games, Washington won in the third period.
Washington are strong at home, they demonstrate more interesting hockey, and make fewer mistakes in their zone. We don't think that Montreal will be able to upset the favorite.
Our prediction - Washington to win
We believe that the upcoming game can be high-scoring, because Montreal concede a lot this season, while Washington prefer attacking style of hockey. We expect at least 6 goals here.
Second wager - total over 5.5 goals