The Canadiens won a second straight game and the fourth of their last five when beating the Golden Vegas Knights 5-4 in a shootout the Saturday before the bye for the All-Star week.
Nick Cousins scored twice, with Ilya Kovalchuk and Joel Armia also on the scoresheet in regulation for the Canadiens and Kovalchuk and Tomas Tatar scored the shootout goals. Goaltender Carey Price made 31 stops.
Montreal are now averaging 3.04 Goals per Game (GPG), while they are allowing 3.12 (GA). Tatar leads the way for the Habs on goals, points and assists, with 17, 43 and 26 respectively. They are 10-12-4 on home-ice this season.
The Caps were trailing 4-1 going into the third period of their last game before the All-Star break, but rallied strongly to win 6-4 at the New York Islanders. Washington are now on a three-game winning streak.
Alex Ovechkin scored a hat-trick (for the second consecutive game) for the Capitals, with their other goals coming from Carl Hagelin, Tom Wilson and Jakub Vrana. Braden Holtby allowed four goals on 22 shots, before being relieved by Ilya Samsonov, who made seven saves.
Washington are currently averaging 3.55 GPG, while they are allowing 2.90 (GA). Ovechkin has 34 goals, while John Carlson has 60 points and has recorded 47 assists. They are 18-6-1 on the road this season.
Montreal Canadiens vs Washington Capitals Betting Lines & Tip
With Ovechkin firing in the goals, it’s difficult to go against the league-best Capitals in NBA predictions for this game and they are therefore the tips to win here.