Best-of-seven series tied 1-1 and are the Capitals ready to get on a roll or will the Canadiens continue to put scare after scare into the Presidents’ Trophy winners. Washington came back from deficits of 2-0, 4-1 and 5-4 to win Game 2 in overtime, 6-5. The series shifts now to Bell Centre, where the Canadiens were only 20-16-5 this season.
The Canadiens have drawn first blood in each of the first two games of series and the Canadiens have forced the Capitals to play catch-up hockey. Not good! The Capitals don’t care who contributes and who doesn’t at this point, as long as they’re winning games. Only twice during the regular season did the Caps go as many as 3 games without netting a power play goal, and they never went more than 3 games without an extra-man tally.
Going back to the end of the regular season, Washington is now without a power play strike in four straight games (0-for-14).
The Capitals are slight 54.5 percent favorites over the Canadiens. The Capitals are favored despite being projected for 31 shots on goal vs. 31 shots for the Canadiens. The Canadiens goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 89% compared to the Capitals goalie(s) that have a forecasted save percentage of 90%.
The Capitals: 54-15-13
The Canadiens: 39-33-10
The Capitals more recently:
While playing on Monday’s they are 7-3
Before playing Calgary they were 4-6
After playing the Canadiens they are 4-6
After a win they are 6-4
The Canadiens more recently:
While playing on Monday’s they are 3-7
Before playing the Capitals they were 4-6
After playing the Capitals they are 3-7
After a loss they are 5-5
The Canadiens at home vs. the Capitals, on Wednesday, April 21