Capitals vs Canadiens Prediction - NHL Picks 10/21/23

Montreal Canadiens (1-1-1) vs Washington Capitals (1-2)

Game Info: Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens -102 / Washington Capitals -120 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens face off on Saturday in an NHL showdown at the Centre Bell. 

Disappointing Open for Capitals

The Capitals sit with a 1-2 record overall and they are coming off another terrible loss in the last game. The Capitals scored only one goal against the Ottawa Senators and the defense gave up six goals. John Carlson was the only goal scorer for the Capitals. The only win came over the Flames in a shootout. The Capitals on the season have scored only three goals in three games. The Capitals are averaging 1.0 goals per game while their defense is giving up 4.0 goals per game. 

Canadiens Defense is a Problem

The Canadiens defense is a big issue and it’s going to really let them down in this game. In the last game against the Minnesota Wild the defense gave up five goals and that led to the defeat. Three games ago against the Toronto Maple Leafs the offense scored five goals but they still ended up losing in a shootout. The Canadiens are averaging 3.33 goals while their defense is giving up 4.0 goals per game. The offense is ranked 12th while the defense is ranked 25th in the NHL.

Shane’s Free Pick

This Capitals offense isn’t good and even against a a bad defense I think they are going to really struggle in this game. The Canadiens are averaging 3.33 goals per game and they are going to find success in this game. The Capitals are going to score only a goal or two here, and that is going to be the difference as Montreal is going to get the job done. Back the Canadiens on the money line. 

Shane’s Pick Canadiens ML

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