2021-11-25
Montreal Canadiens
Washington Capitals
League : NHL

Washington Capitals vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction & Preview



 

 

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The Montreal Canadiens will take on the Washington Capitals in an Eastern Conference matchup. The Canadiens have a record of 5-13-2. The Capitals are 11-3-5 on the season.

 

Canadiens Snap Four Game Losing Streak

The Canadiens snapped their four-game losing streak by defeating the Nashville Predators 6-3 in their last game. They were +105 underdogs but were able to come out with a victory. Tyler Toffoli had a goal and two assists. Chris Wideman, Jonathan Drouin, Artturi Lehkonen, and Ryan Proehling each had two points. Sam Montembeault stopped 33 out of 36 shots faced.

 

 

 

The offense has been terrible for Montreal. They have scored two goals or less in seven out of the last nine games. The Habs rank 29th in goals per game, 21st in shots per game, 29th in shooting %, and 31st in scoring efficiency ratio. Nick Suzuki leads the team with 14 points. After finishing in seventh in goals last season, Tyler Toffoli has just four goals in 20 games played.

The defense and goaltending have struggled for the Canadiens.The Habs rank 29th in goals against per game, 17th in shots against per game, and 31st in opponent shooting % and save %. Jake Allen has a record of 4-8-1 with a 2.78 GAA and a .905 SV%. Allen is listed as day-to-day with a concussion. After ranking third in goals and

Capitals Coming Off Loss

The Capitals were a -115 favorite but lost 5-2 against the Seattle Kraken in their last game. Tom Wilson had a goal and assist. Alex Ovechkin scored a goal. Vitek Vanecek allowed four goals on 30 shots faced.

 

The offense has been clicking for the Capitals this season. They have scored four goals or more in five out of the last 10 games. Washington ranks sixth in goals per game, 18th in shots per game, fifth in shooting %, and fourth in scoring efficiency ratio. Ovechkin is on fire this season. He has 30 points, 15 goals, and 15 assists in 19 games. Ovechkin ranks third in points, tied for second in goals, and tied for fifth in assists in the league. Evgeny Kuznetsov has six goals and 16 assists on the season.

Defense and goaltending have been very good this season for Washington. They rank fourth in goals against per game, second in shots against per game, and ninth in opponent shooting % and save %. Vitek Vanecek has a record of 4-3-4 with a 2.54 GAA and .906 SV%. Vanecek has allowed three goals or less in nine out of the last 10 games. Ilya Samsonov has a record of 6-0-1 with a 2.11 GAA and a .924 SV%. He ranks tied for second in shutouts, with three on 







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