Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens - 2/20/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens - 2/20/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (27-27-8) at Washington Capitals (37-17-5)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

The Line: Washington Capitals -185 / Montreal Canadiens +166 --- Over/Under: 6

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The Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals meet Thursday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.

The Montreal Canadiens need a win to snap a five-game losing streak. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Tatar leads Montreal with 21 goals, Max Domi has 24 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 199 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 135 goals on 1,519 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 24 goals on 192 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last nine games.

The Washington Capitals need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 40 goals, John Carlson has 55 assists and T.J. Oshie has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing three goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 49 goals on 590 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 120 goals on 1,162 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 11 games.

The Canadiens are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Metropolitan, 0-4 in their last 4 games as an underdog and 0-5 in their last 5 overall. The Capitals are 11-3 in their last 14 Thursday games, 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The under is 16-6-1 in Canadiens last 23 overall. The over is 24-9 in Capitals last 33 home games. The Canadiens are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings. The underdog is 23-11 in the last 34 meetings.

The Washington Capitals have won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Canadiens, which includes a 4-2 win on the road less than a month ago. While the Caps have cooled off over the last week, they're still a top-five team in the league in terms of profit and it's only a matter of time before they get back to their winning ways. The Montreal Canadiens are in awful form right now and haven't had much success in the underdog role. I'll take the Capitals and I'll play the PL as well for added value.

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Randy’s Pick Washington Capitals -1.5

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