Washington Capitals at Montreal Canadiens - 2/10/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Montreal Canadiens (8-30-7) vs Washington Capitals (25-14-9)
Game Info: Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens +161 / Washington Capitals -200 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Montreal Canadiens host the Washington Capitals In Thursday NHL action.
The Washington Capitals come into this road contest with an overall record of 25-14-9. Through 48 games the Capitals are 4th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 156 times, good for a rank of 8th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Washington is the 17th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.77 goals per game. So far, the Capitals have a strength of schedule rating of 23rd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 12th ranked team in the NHL.
The Montreal Canadiens get set to host the Washington Capitals with an overall record of 8-30-7. This mark places them 8th in the Atlantic division. Through 45 games, the Canadiens have scored 100 goals, giving them an average of 2.2. This output gives Montreal a rank of 30th among NHL teams. On defense, the Canadiens are the 32nd ranked unit, giving up 3.98 goals per contest. So far, they have played the 4th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account their scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, Montreal comes in with a power ranking of 32nd in the NHL.
Through 47 games, the Washington Capitals' goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin with 59 points. He has reached his mark of 29 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.5%. So far, 24.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 31 assists to go along with his 15 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +11.0. Washington's top goalie is Ilya Samsonov, who is giving up an average of 2.89 goals per game. In his 25 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 0.333 percent of the time.
Coming into this game, the Montreal Canadiens leader in points is Nick Suzuki. In his team's 45 games, he has scored 9 goals and 18 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 9.3%.The team's top overall goal scorer is Josh Anderson. However, when on the ice, the Canadiens are -20 in scoring differential. Montreal's top goalie is Jake Allen, who is giving up an average of 3.15 goals per game. In his 24 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 45 percent of the time.
In Washington's 48 games, they have covered the spread in exactly half of their games going 23-23. So far, the Capitals have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 12 of their 21 road games.On the season, the Washington Capitals have a per-game scoring differential of 0.44. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.73 goals. On the other side, the Canadiens are covering the spread in less than half their games, with an ATS record of just 7-37. Despite playing at home, they have covered just 4 of their 19 home games. Look for Washington to pick up the win, taking advantage of playing a struggling Canadiens unit.
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