Montreal Canadiens - Washington Capitals predictions and free betting tips [21/10/2023]
Greetings, dear friends. I'm sure you've all missed the NHL by now. Tonight, we are in for some more spectacular NHL matches. Therefore, you'll have to postpone your sleep. On 22 October, there is a match between Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals set to take place in the Bell Centre.
Last season, the Montreal Canadiens were not particularly convincing with an overall record of 31-45-6, amassing 68 points. This landed them in the 15th spot in the Eastern Conference, almost the lowest ranking.
In their opening match of this season, the team showed remarkable determination, tasting defeat to the Toronto Maple Leafs only in the shootout (5:6). However, they managed to gain 2 points in the next game as they triumphed over the Chicago Blackhawks along with their newcomer Conor Bedard (3:2). Unfortunately, in the most recent match, they were not as lucky when they clashed with Minnesota Wild, who secured a win in the away game with a score of 2:5.
Last season, the Caps resulted in an overall record of 35-37-10, collecting 80 points. Arguably, last year was a debacle for them. Injuries of key players highly contributed to this outcome, and for their team captain, Alexander Ovechkin, the period was particularly challenging.
The chances of making it to the play-offs are not looking bright for the Caps in the current season. I believe this year is likely to prove disastrous for them. The team's only lifeline — their very own captain miraculously breaking Gretzky's record — is on shaky ground.
The truth is, the Capitals aren't the powerhouse they once were. They departed from their first match of the season against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a defeat (0:4). However, they somehow scrambled 2 points in the next game with a shootout win over the Calgary Flames (3:2). Yet, my predictions for the Caps' condition were confirmed in their recent game. The Ottawa Senators, who are undoubtedly on a roll, trounced the Caps with a score of 6:1. To add salt to the wound, Ovechkin failed to take a shot on goal for the second consecutive match.
The teams met three times last season. Washington claimed victory twice with scores of 3:1 and 9:2. However, Montreal retaliated with a home victory of 6:2.
At the moment, given the abysmal form of Washington, I feel no urge to place my bets on them. Indeed, the Montreal Canadiens might be alongside the Caps on the points table, but the former's performance seems a lot more promising and refreshing. Based on this, I firmly believe the Canadiens will bag 2 points in this match within the regulation time.