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Canadiens @ Capitals: Game preview, start time, Tale of the Tape, and how to watch

In the first of a weekend back-to-back, the Canadiens face the Capitals’ hot streak.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens @ Washington Capitals

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In Canada: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Capitals region: NBCSWA
Streaming: / NHL Live

The Canadiens did it again. They took not just one point, but two away from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. Did they deserve them? Not really (aside from Carey Price that is) but they did, and collecting points is the name of the game.

Montreal didn’t get on the board until Brendan Gallagher finally took things into his own hands during the third period to tie it at one. Thankfully, Price was fending off the Blue Jackets and they had only managed to get one past him up to that point. After Columbus took the lead once again as Tomas Tatar watched the go-ahead goal unfold right in front of him, he made up for it with 39 seconds left in the game by tying it up to force it to overtime. The Habs managed to push it all the way to a shootout, where Price, with the help of Jonathan Drouin, took home the win.

Once his skates hit the tunnel, Ryan Poehling was sent back to the Laval Rocket. Perhaps this means Jesperi Kotkaniemi is ready to return? We should have a clearer indication on that a few hours before the game.

Tale of the Tape

Canadiens Statistic Capitals
Canadiens Statistic Capitals
10-5-3 Record 14-2-4
1-1-1 H2H Record (18-19) 2-1-0
52.24% (6th) Corsi-for pct. 50.29% (14th)
3.44 (6th) Goals per game 3.85 (1st)
3.06 (19th) Goals against per game 2.95 (15th)
20.7% (14th) PP% 22.9 (9th)
73.7% (28th) PK% 84.9% (8th)
L-W-L-W-W Form W-W-W-SO-W

The Capitals are riding high so far this season, leading not just their division but the league with 32 points. They extended their point streak to 13 games after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in a 2-1 victory on Wednesday night.

Like the Canadiens, Washington has been getting good production from multiple players and lines. Unlike the Canadiens, they have a guy who just hit the 30-point mark — and no, it’s not Alex Ovechkin. John Carlson is sitting pretty as the team’s leading point man (8G, 22A) and ranking fifth in the league. Braden Holtby, who got the start against Philly and made 30 saves, is starting to pick up his game a bit, getting his goals-against average down to 3.06.

The Canadiens’ defence corps is one of the most productive in the NHL so far this season. Washington’s blue-liners lead the league in goals per game, so let’s hope they’re focused a little more on the defensive side of things tonight.

And who knows, maybe we’ll see a save so good that Ovechkin needs to give props again. That was fun.