Washington vs Montreal by 20Legend
Washington Capitals (44-10-4) eased passed another opponent in their last game after beating Arizona Coyotes 3-2 in regular time. That was the Caps’ ninth win out of their last ten games which tells a lot about their form this season. They have now won four straight games in a row and got 21-4-4 in total at home after regular time this season. Those statistics alone is enough to back another win for the Caps tonight, but it also seems like the players are not getting too high on themselves, but remains focused on the next hockey game. That is certainly the right recipe as the Caps has won 44 of 58 games this season which is a NHL record. It has not been straight forward wins in their latest two games though. They was behind 2-3 against New Jersey Devils, but turned the game around with two goals in quick succession after 13:55 and 16:02 into the third period. The Caps came under 0-1 early in the game against the Coyotes as well, before turning the score into 3-1. The Coyotes got back with 3-2 with over 10 minutes to go on the clock, but it was not enough as Caps finished too strong for them.
Center Marcus Johansson is marked as questionable after struggling with sickness lately, while forward Jay Beagle is on his way to return, but not tonight.
Montreal Canadiens (28-27-5) has not been enjoying their last period as four of five games have been lost. Their latest loss came after penalties against Nashville Predators in what was a tight game. Both teams scored only in the first period, but did not manage to score anymore including the overtime. After the Canadiens missed all of their three penalties, the Predators scored on their third try to take the win. The Canadiens has lost three of their last five games in regular time though, so it is clear that things is not working out these days. They have got 9-5-16 after regular time when playing away from home as well and they also have quite an injury-list. Tom Gilbert, Daniel Carr, Nathan Beaulieu, Dale Weise, David Deshernais, Jeff Petry, Brian Flynn and Carey Price out of the team.
The Caps is in a great form at this very moment and it should be difficult for Montreal Canadiens to do anything about it when taking their form of late. The Caps has also won the two latest meetings last year in regular time. I see their chances as good to do it once again and I chose to pick a 1X2 alternative this time.