Montreal faces Eastern Conference-leader Washington
Montreal; Monday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The Montreal Canadiens host the Eastern Conference-leading Washington Capitals.
The Canadiens are 11-13-7 in Eastern Conference games. Montreal has surrendered 31 power-play goals, stopping 78.9% of opponent chances.
The Capitals are 21-9-1 in Eastern Conference play. Washington ranks second in the league shooting 11.1% and averaging 3.6 goals on 32.0 shots per game.
Montreal beat Washington 5-2 in the last meeting between these teams on Nov. 15.
LAST 10 GAMES: Capitals: 6-4-0, averaging 3.8 goals, 6.1 assists, 3.5 penalties and 8.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .896 save percentage.
Canadiens: 4-5-1, averaging 2.3 goals, 3.6 assists, 3.4 penalties and 8.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game with a .921 save percentage.
INJURIES: Canadiens: Brendan Gallagher: day to day (upper body).
Capitals: None listed.