NHL Capitals vs. Canadiens Picks & Predictions for January 25, 2014

NHL Capitals vs. Canadiens Picks & Predictions for January 25, 2014

NHL Capitals vs. Canadiens Picks & Predictions for January 25, 2014
By Anthony Rome   

MONTREAL, QUEBEC (The Spread) -
With Alex Ovechkin set to miss yet another game, the scoring should be low tonight when the Canadiens host the Capitals at 7:00PM ET.

ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Canadiens are -155 money line favorites over the Capitals, who are +143 money line underdogs. Washington enters play with a 22-21-8 record and is 8-12-4 on the road this year, while Montreal is 27-19-5 overall and 14-8-3 at home. The total for this game is currently sitting at 5.5 goals.

LINE MOVEMENT: The Canadiens opened as -175 money line favorites but the spread has been bet down to -155, while the Capitals' odds have gone from +161 down to +143. The total opened at 5 for this game but has been bumped up to 5.5.

PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers that have currently been placed on this game, 63% of bettors favor the Canadiens. This information is subject to change, however, so click on the link provided for the most updated public betting stats.

NHL FREE PICK: Take the under. According to latest NHL trends, the under is 13-2-1 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in the last five meetings in Montreal. The under is also 6-2 in the Capitals' last eight games overall, 5-2 in their last seven games versus the Eastern Conference and 5-1 in their last six after allowing two goals or less in their previous contest. On the other side, the under is 4-1-1 in the Habs' last six home games, 18-6-3 in their last 27 games playing on no days rest and 50-21-5 in their last 76 Saturday games. Both of these teams played on Friday night so fatigue will be a factor late in the game. Factor in that both clubs have been struggle to score anyway and you have a recipe for a low-scoring game.

SATURDAY NHL FREE PICK: CAPITALS/CANADIENS UNDER 5.5


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