Can the Washington Capitals come away from Montreal with the same result as the last time?
The Washington Capitals have remained hot and are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. The offense has still been rolling along, putting up at least four goals in 10 of the last 12 games. Perhaps the most dangerous thing about the current Capitals team is that they are getting consistent scoring from all four lines, including the defensemen.
Balance is the name of the game in the NHL, and that’s what the Caps have right now. Not only do they score goals — currently ranked fifth in goals per game — but they defend very well. As a team, Washington leads the NHL by giving up an average of just 2.1 goals per game.
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Alex Ovechkin leads the team with 25 goals, while Nicklas Backstrom is tops with 51 total points (14 goals, 37 assists).
Washington sits at the top of the Eastern Conference and the NHL with 74 points.
Montreal enters the game with the lead in the Atlantic division, but the Canadiens have struggled lately, posting a record of 4-5-1 in their last 10 games. Like the Caps, Montreal is a very good offensive team, ranking seventh in goals per game. The Canadiens are particularly good on the power play, ranking second in the NHL.
Max Pacioretty leads the Canadiens in both points (42) and goals (24).
The last time the Capitals and Canadiens met was January 9 at Bell Centre. Washington beat Montreal goalie Carey Price for four goals. Ovechkin paced the Caps with a goal and two assists.