Washington Capitals at Montreal Canadiens - 4/16/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Washington Capitals at Montreal Canadiens - 4/16/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (20-43-11) vs Washington Capitals (41-23-10)

Game Info: Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens +225 / Washington Capitals -286 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Montreal Canadiens host the Washington Capitals in Saturday NHL Action.

The Washington Capitals come into this road contest with an overall record of 41-23-10. Through 74 games, the Capitals are 4th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 252 times, good for a rank of 9th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Washington is the 13th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.93 goals per game. So far, the Capitals have a strength of schedule rating of 24th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 11th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Montreal Canadiens get set to host the Washington Capitals with an overall record of 20-43-11. This mark places them 8th in the Atlantic division. Through 74 games, the Canadiens have scored 193 goals, giving them an average of 2.57. This output gives them a rank of 28th among NHL teams. On defense, Montreal is the 32nd ranked unit, giving up 3.81 goals per contest. So far, the Canadiens have played the 9th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Montreal's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 31st in the NHL.

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Through 72 games, the Washington Capitals goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin with 85 points. He has reached his mark of 46 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.7%. So far, 33.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 49 assists to go along with his 23 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +10.0. Washington's top goalie is Ilya Samsonov, who is giving up an average of 3.0 goals per game.

Through 74 games, the Montreal Canadiens' goal and overall scoring leader is Nick Suzuki, with 56 points. He has reached his mark of 19 goals, on a shooting percentage of 11.0%. So far, 42.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Cole Caufield, who has 20 assists to go along with his 18 goals. However, when on the ice the Canadiens are -23 in scoring differential. Montreal's top goalie is Jake Allen, who is giving up an average of 3.3 goals per game. In his 35 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 51 percent of the time.

In Washington's 74 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 43-29-2. So far, taking the over when the Capitals are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 20-15. On the season 65.0% of Washington's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Capitals. In Montreal's 74 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 41-31-2. So far, taking the over when the Canadiens are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 18-16-1. On the season, 62.0% of Montreal's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 41.0% of the scoring coming from the Canadiens. With a line set at just 5.5 goals, I see this game going over that line as Washington's offense should take advantage of a Montreal defensive unit that not only ranks 25th in goals allowed but gives up an above-average number of scoring opportunites.

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