3 bold predictions: Caps look to go 2-0 in brief trip north of the border


The Capitals brief, two-game trip to Canada concludes Monday as they face the Montreal Canadiens (25-9-6).

As we do before every Capitals game, it's time to make three predctions.

Here are  bold predictions for tthe Monday night game. (7:30 p.m., CSN).

1. Justin Williams will get at least a point

Williams has been Washington’s hottest player with nine points in his last seven games. The Caps will face arguably the best goalie in the world in Carey Price. Getting deflections and rebounds will be a major emphasis tonight and Williams has really excelled at that this season. With T.J. Oshie expected to miss the game, Williams will need to be involved offensively. 


2. The Caps will get at least 25 shots on goal

Despite averaging 30.2 shots per game, there are times when Washington clearly struggles to generate shots on net. In a very slow game in Ottawa, the Caps managed only 20 shots. The last time the Caps and Canadiens clashed, Washington managed only 21 shots on Price, five in the third period despite trailing by one.

That’s not going to cut it against a goalie of Price’s caliber and the Caps know that. They’ll find a way to get more rubber on net in Montreal.

3. Braden Holtby will earn a higher save percentage than Price


Not only has Braden Holtby earned two shutouts in the last two games, four of his five shutouts this season have come in his last 11 starts.

Price, meanwhile, has not earned a blank sheet since Nov. 12. Holtby is really starting to hit his stride and enters Monday’s contest as the hotter of the two netminders.