Montreal faces Washington on 5-game losing streak
Washington; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Montreal aims to break its five-game skid with a win over Washington.
The Capitals are 23-12-1 in conference matchups. Washington ranks fourth in the league averaging 3.5 goals per game, led by Alex Ovechkin with 40.
The Canadiens are 8-11-2 against opponents from the Atlantic Division. Montreal has surrendered 39 power-play goals, stopping 79.1% of opponent opportunities.
In their last matchup on Jan. 27, Washington won 4-2. Tom Wilson recorded a team-high 2 points for the Capitals.
LAST 10 GAMES: Canadiens: 4-5-1, averaging 2.6 goals, 4.4 assists, four penalties and 8.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a .906 save percentage.
Capitals: 4-6-0, averaging 3.1 goals, five assists, four penalties and 8.6 penalty minutes while giving up 3.5 goals per game with a .883 save percentage.
INJURIES: Capitals: Evgeny Kuznetsov: day to day (upper-body).