Capitals vs. Canadiens Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/27/20
Game: Washington Capitals vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Monday, January 27, 2020
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (-145) Canadiens (+115)
Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (22-21-7, 6th in the Atlantic Division) play the Washington Capitals (33-11-5, 1st in the Metropolitan Division) at Bell Centre on Monday, January 27, 2020. The Capitals open this contest at -145 while the Canadiens are coming in at +115. The O/U has been set at 6. The Capitals are covering 65.2% of the time, having gone 30-16 SU. The Canadiens are covering 40.4% of the time, going 19-28 straight up.
The Washington Capitals head into this game holding a record of 33 victories and 11 defeats, ranking them 1st in the Metropolitan Division. Thus far in the season, they have converted a total of 174 goals which puts them at 3rd in the conference and 4th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +32, ranking them 4th in the NHL. The Capitals have compiled a total of 71 points, which puts them at 1st in the NHL and 1st in the conference. Regarding shots at the opposition, they have compiled a total of 1,567 which puts them at 9th in the Eastern Conference and 16th in the NHL. As a unit, Washington has collected a total of 1,085 hits which means they have an average of 22.1 per contest. They have compiled a total of 535 blocks for the season. The man in the crease for Washington is Braden Holtby from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. He is 30 years old and has racked up 1,885 mins in goal for the campaign. Holtby is allowing 3.09 goals per game which has him ranked 22nd in the Eastern Conference and 50th in the NHL. So far this season, he's given up 97 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .897 which has him ranked 27th in the Eastern Conference.
The Washington Capitals were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 6 - 4 victory over the New York Islanders in their last contest. The Capitals had a solid offensive output and it showed in this win. In their game, they finished 6 of the 30 shots they put on goal. They also had 4 power play attempts but weren't able to score a goal. Washington racked up 10 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Capitals was 52 and the Corsi against was 35 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 59.8%. Their Fenwick sat at 34 while the Fenwick against was 28, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 54.8%. They took 20 face-off wins at even strength and lost 18 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 52.0% and they had a PDO at even strength of 113.0 for this matchup. When it comes to their opponent, the New York Islanders put up 29 shots. They finished with 10 minutes in the box and they earned 4 power play chances.
The Canadiens will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the current year they sit with 22 wins and 21 losses. In connection with goal differential, they rank 12th in the Eastern Conference and 20th in the league with -4. They currently have a total of 152 goals for this year which is 10th in the conference. Montreal has a team save percentage of .901 which is good for 19th in the league, which tells us there should be some chances to score. They have a shooting percentage of 8.7% which puts them at 13th in the East. In net for Montreal is Carey Price who is having a marginal campaign by surrendering 2.84 GAA and that places him 16th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 28th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,363 minutes he's played this season, he has surrendered 112 goals. His save percentage is .908, which has him sitting 15th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 34th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Montreal Canadiens played the Vegas Golden Knights in an outing where the Canadiens notched a win by a tally of 5 - 4. In this outing, Montreal wound up with a 45.3% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 48 while their opponent had a Corsi of 58. Their Fenwick rate came in at 49.4% by notching a Fenwick of 40 and the Golden Knights having earned a 41 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Montreal had and it was a good performance overall. They had a PDO of 99.6 and they earned an oZS percentage of 25.0%. The Canadiens notched 5 goals of the 32 shots on goal they took. They had 1 power play chance in this one but didn't score a goal. As for the opposition, the Golden Knights had 2 power play opportunities but were not able to take advantage. Montreal gave up 34 shots on goal and the Golden Knights earned 2 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Montreal (+115)
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