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NHL : ATS Matchup
Monday 11/19/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore



WASHINGTON (9-7-0-3, 21 pts.) at MONTREAL (11-6-0-3, 25 pts.)
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Monday, 11/19/2018 7:35 PM
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9WASHINGTON-120Ov 5.5,-125+100Ov 5.5,-125
10MONTREAL+100Un 5.5,+105-120Un 5.5,+105
WASHINGTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games9-10-0-3.29-10-3.210-83.330.63.331.6
Team Stats (Road Games)4-5-0-0.74-5-0.75-
Last 5 Games2-3-0-1.62-3-1.61-
WASHINGTON Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)19631829133358210.8%621829.0%112
Team Stats (Road Games)929101162227010.7%24416.7%48
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)511352101636.7%15213.3%22
Stats Against (All Games) 632019213560110.5%711926.8%98
Stats Against (Road Games) 35910151328512.3%34823.5%54
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 13346021369.6%20630.0%19
WASHINGTON - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
PHEONIX COPLEY (All Games)7619517790.8%14-2+2.84-2-0+22-3
PHEONIX COPLEY (Road Games)5514312889.5%13-2+1.83-2-0+12-3
PHEONIX COPLEY (Last 4 Games)4411010292.7%03-1+2.73-1-0+21-2
BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)131340236290.0%15-8-5.95-8-0-48-5
BRADEN HOLTBY (Road Games)4413912287.8%01-3-2.41-3-0-23-1
BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)4413612692.6%01-3-3.81-3-0-31-3

MONTREAL - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games11-9-0+3.911-9+3.910-93.332.23.231.5
Team Stats (Home Games)6-4-0+2.16-4+2.15-53.535.63.529.1
Last 5 Games3-2-0+13-2+13-23.629.24.039.0
MONTREAL Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)20662226162464410.2%741013.5%110
Team Stats (Home Games)10359178123569.8%41512.2%54
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5185760014612.3%1516.7%33
Stats Against (All Games) 652220203163010.3%681319.1%114
Stats Against (Home Games) 35149111129112.0%33721.2%60
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 207661019510.3%14428.6%36
MONTREAL - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)6620318088.7%04-2+2.64-2-0+26-0
ANTTI NIEMI (Home Games)33948489.4%03-0+3.63-0-0+33-0
ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)4414713088.4%02-2+0.12-2-004-0
CAREY PRICE (All Games)141442638590.4%07-7+1.47-7-0+24-9
CAREY PRICE (Home Games)7719617287.8%03-4-1.53-4-0-12-5
CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)4414613189.7%02-2-0.12-2-002-2
Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 3.19,  MONTREAL 3.12
10/25/2018at EDMONTON1-4L0, -120L6.5 unU
10/27/2018at CALGARY4-3W0, +105W6.5 unO
11/1/2018at MONTREAL4-6L0, -125L6 unO
11/3/2018DALLAS3-4L0, -145L6 unO
11/5/2018EDMONTON4-2W0, -135W6 unP
11/7/2018PITTSBURGH2-1W0, -130W6.5 evU
11/9/2018COLUMBUS1-2L0, -120L6 ovU
11/11/2018ARIZONA1-4L0, -215L6 ovU
11/13/2018at MINNESOTA5-2W0, +130W6 unO
11/14/2018at WINNIPEG1-3L0, +160L6 ovU
11/16/2018at COLORADO3-2W0, +140W6 evU
11/19/2018at MONTREAL 
11/24/2018at NY RANGERS 
11/26/2018at NY ISLANDERS 
11/30/2018NEW JERSEY 

MONTREAL - Schedule
10/23/2018CALGARY3-2W0, -110W6 evU
10/25/2018at BUFFALO3-4L0, +105L5.5 unO
10/27/2018at BOSTON3-0W0, +155W5.5 ovU
10/30/2018DALLAS1-4L0, -105L5.5 unU
11/1/2018WASHINGTON6-4W0, +105W6 unO
11/3/2018TAMPA BAY1-4L0, +115L6 unU
11/5/2018at NY ISLANDERS4-3W0, -105W5.5 evO
11/6/2018at NY RANGERS3-5L0, +105L5.5 unO
11/8/2018BUFFALO5-6L0, -135L5.5 ovO
11/10/2018VEGAS5-4W0, +110W5.5 evO
11/13/2018at EDMONTON2-6L0, +135L5.5 ovO
11/15/2018at CALGARY3-2W0, +130W6 unU
11/17/2018at VANCOUVER3-2W0, -130W5.5 ovU
11/21/2018at NEW JERSEY 
11/23/2018at BUFFALO 
WASHINGTON: LAST SEASON: 49-26-7, 105 points. Won Metropolitan Division and Stanley Cup.
COACH: Todd Reirden (First season, first NHL season)
ADDED: C Nic Dowd, G Ilya Samsonov
LOST: C Jay Beagle, G Philipp Grubauer, D Jakub Jerabek
PLAYER TO WATCH: LW Alex Ovechkin. Coming off scoring an NHL-best 49 goals and winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, Ovechkin has nothing left to prove as one of the best players of his generation. Now the Russian superstar is a father and a Stanley Cup-winner, though, so everyone's waiting to see his next trick at age 33.
OUTLOOK: Stanley Cup hangovers are real, and the Capitals will have to manage that and goaltender Braden Holtby playing more games because they don't have a proven backup. Washington has the talent on paper to make another deep run, but all those games deep into last June could have an effect. Reirden will have to be careful with that after replacing Barry Trotz behind the bench.
MONTREAL: LAST SEASON: 29-40-31, 71 points. Finished sixth in Atlantic Division and missed playoffs.
COACH: Claude Julien (third season, 17th NHL season)
ADDED: F Max Domi, F Tomas Tatar, C Tomas Plekanec, F Joel Armia
LOST: LW Max Pacioretty, F Alex Galchenyuk
PLAYER TO WATCH: Carey Price. The all-world goaltender could be the difference between Montreal being one of the worst teams in the NHL and a playoff contender. He has the ability to steal games and will have to stay healthy and be at his best to have the Canadiens even dreaming about returning to the postseason.
OUTLOOK: Absent a heroic performance from Price, the Canadiens are in rebuilding territory after trading Pacioretty and Galchenyuk and counting on Domi and a youth movement to generate some optimism in hockey-mad Montreal. It's tough to see this as a playoff team on paper, especially with top defenseman Shea Weber out for at least the first couple of months of the regular season.
Canadiens look to continue strong start at home vs. Capitals

It's not a spot predicted by many for the Montreal Canadiens or the Washington Capitals before the season, but here they are heading into their game at Bell Centre on Monday, fighting for the second wild-card position in the Eastern Conference at the quarter point of the NHL season.

Not much was expected of the Canadiens after they finished 14th in the Eastern Conference last season, made drastic changes to their lineup and are missing top defensemen Shea Weber (offseason foot surgery) to start the season. With a record of 11-6-3 and coming off a Western Canada road trip in which they won four of six points, the Canadiens are one of the early pleasant surprises of the season.

The Washington Capitals, on the other hand, are coming off the first Stanley Cup in franchise history and have gotten off to a slow start under coach Todd Reirden, who replaced Barry Trotz, with a record of 9-7-3.

The Capitals are wrapping up a four-game road trip and are 2-1 in the first three games. The Capitals don't have good memories of their last visit to Montreal on Nov. 1. They were up 4-3 with four minutes to go in the game and lost in regulation.

The Capitals are without No. 1 goaltender Braden Holtby, who was injured Wednesday (upper body) while preparing to play the Winnipeg Jets that night. Holtby skated in Montreal on Sunday, but his status for Monday is not known. Pheonix Copley, the 26-year-old native of North Pole, AK, has stepped in and done a good job: He's given up two goals a game in each of his past four starts and is 3-1-0.

"Holtby was back on the ice today, which was good to see," Washington coach Todd Reirden told the team's website after the Capitals practiced Sunday. "So we'll continue to evaluate that, even later (Sunday) afternoon.

"It was good," Holtby told Washingtoncapitals.com. "Obviously it was nice to be back out on the ice and start feeling some shots and work some things out. It felt good."

Capitals key forwards Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie were both injured against Winnipeg and missed Washington's 3-2 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. They are day-to-day with upper-body injuries.

The Canadiens lost the first game of their road trip in Edmonton to the Oilers and bounced back with wins against the Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks.

After failing to score on the power play in their previous four games, the Canadiens got the winner with the man advantage from Jonathan Drouin. Goaltender Carey Price, after a rocky stretch in which he went 1-3-1 with an .854 save percentage and did not start the road trip in Edmonton, bounced back with 43 saves against Calgary and 35 against Vancouver.

"A big character win for us to come back," Price told NHL.com. "It's good to get a couple bounce-back games after Edmonton and make it a successful road trip."

"We all knew he hadn't been playing his best when we gave him that little bit of a break, but now he's back to being Carey, that's the difference," Canadiens coach Claude Julien told NHL.com. "He's calm, he's making saves. Sometimes a little step backwards and time to refocus is not a bad thing. These goalies play under pressure every game."

Canadiens forward Tomas Tatar, who came to the team as part of one of those big trades that sent captain Max Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights, scored his sixth goal in his past six games Saturday against the Canucks.

Forward Max Domi, obtained from the Phoenix Coyotes for forward Alex Galchenyuk, is riding a nine-game point streak in which he has 13 points (five goals, eight assists).

Last Updated: 5/25/2019 12:46:20 AM EST

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