Montreal Canadiens vs Washington Capitals Expert NHL Picks Against the Spread 11/15/2019
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Washington Capitals
Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (+130) Capitals (-200)
Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (10-5-3, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) travel to Capital One Arena on Friday where they'll meet the Washington Capitals (14-2-4, 1st in the Metropolitan Division). The moneyline on this contest has the Canadiens priced at +130 and the Capitals are at -200. The over/under has been set at 6. The Canadiens cover 50.0% of the time, having gone 8-8 SU. Washington covers 66.7% of the time, going 12-6 straight up.
The Montreal Canadiens head into this game holding a record of 10 wins and 5 defeats, putting them at 2nd in the Atlantic Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 62 goals which is 5th in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the league. Their goal differential is +7, putting them at 9th in the league. The Canadiens currently have a total of 23 pts, which is 9th in the league and 5th in the conference. When discussing shots on goal, they currently have a total of 603 which is 9th in the East and 14th in the league. As a unit, Montreal currently has a total of 350 hits which has them averaging 19.4 per game. They currently have a total of 198 blocks for the season. The goaltender for Montreal is Carey Price from Farmingville, New York. He is 32 years old and has been on the ice a total of 905 mins minding the net this season. Price is surrendering 2.65 goals against average which has him sitting 8th among Eastern Conference goalies and 18th among goalies in the NHL. For the season, he has allowed 40 goals. He has a save percentage of .916 which has him sitting 8th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Montreal Canadiens were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets the last time they stepped on the ice. The Canadiens offense didn't overly impress in this win. In this matchup, they converted 3 out of the 32 shots they looked to score on. Furthermore, they had 2 power play chances but weren't able to net one. Montreal ended up with a total of 6 penalty mins in their game. The Corsi for the Canadiens sat at 50 and the Corsi against was 34 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 59.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 31 and the Fenwick against was 25, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 55.4%. They earned 24 face-off wins at even strength and lost 22 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 61.3% and they had a PDO of 99.5 for this matchup. When it comes to their opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets tallied a total of 35 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 4 penalty minutes and they tallied 3 power play attempts.
The Capitals will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the campaign they have 14 victories and 2 losses. When looking at goal differential, they rank 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the NHL with +18. They have a total of 77 goals for the season which ranks them 1st in the East. Washington has a team save percentage of .906 which has them ranked 17th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They are shooting 12.3% which is good for 1st in the conference. In net for Washington is Braden Holtby who is having a tough season by giving up 3.06 goals per game and that places him 15th in the East and 30th in the NHL. In the 803 mins he has played this season, he has allowed 41 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .903, which has him sitting 17th in the East and 33rd in the NHL.
The Washington Capitals faced off against the Philadelphia Flyers in a matchup where the Capitals notched a victory by a mark of 2 - 1. For this game, Washington went home with a 52.3% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 45 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 41. They had a Fenwick percentage of 56.9% by notching a Fenwick of 37 and the Flyers having earned a 28 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Washington had and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. They had a PDO at even strength of 104.0 and they had an oZS percentage of 60.4%. The Capitals notched 2 goals of the 36 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 power play chances in this outing but didn't put one in the back of the net. Concerning their opponent, the Flyers had 4 power play opportunities and came through by scoring 1 goal. Washington conceded 31 shots on goal and the Flyers racked up a total of 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Montreal (+130)
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