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Washington at Montreal
When: 7:30 PM ET, Monday, November 19, 2018
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec

The injury-plagued Washington Capitals look to complete a winning road trip when they visit the improving Montreal Canadiens on Monday night. The Capitals were without top-six forwards T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov due to head injuries, along with No. 1 goalie Braden Holtby (upper body), as they grinded out a 3-2 victory on Nicklas Backstrom’s overtime goal at Colorado on Friday.

“I really like our leaders,” Washington coach Todd Reirden told reporters. “Between the goals that (Alex) Ovechkin and Backstrom scored, and (John) Carlson setting up the (winning) goal, they did a strong job. We missed some key guys and key leaders in the room. Those guys were important to us.” The Capitals have won four of the last six meetings against Montreal, which finished its three-game road trip with a 3-2 win at Vancouver on Saturday after beating Calgary by the same score two days earlier. “A big character win for us to come back,” Canadiens goalie Carey Price told reporters Saturday after the team finished a 2-1-0 trip. “It’s good to get a couple bounce-back games after Edmonton (6-2 loss) and make it a successful road trip.” Leading scorer Max Domi takes a nine-game point streak into the contest and fellow forward Tomas Tatar has scored six times in his last six games for Montreal, which is 3-1-1 in its past five contests.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCS Washington, RDS, TSN2 (Montreal)

ABOUT THE CAPITALS (9-7-3): Backstrom has taken over the team lead with 22 points - one more than Ovechkin and Kuznetsov - after posting nine in his last eight games, including two in the win at Colorado. Holtby practiced Sunday and may be close to returning, but backup Pheonix Copley (4-2-1, .908 save percentage) allowed just six goals on 77 shots in his place the last three games and made 24 saves Saturday for his second win in the stretch. “That’s the most comfortable he has looked, in my opinion,” Reirden told reporters of Copley after Friday’s win. “. … I just thought he was a real calming influence on our team today and it’s so important to have your goalie do that.”

ABOUT THE CANADIENS (11-6-3): Price sat out two consecutive games after giving up six goals against Buffalo on Nov. 8, but rebounded to turn aside 79 of 83 shots in the wins over Calgary and Vancouver. “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,” Montreal coach Claude Julien told reporters. “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.” Forward Jonathan Drouin is tied with Tatar for second on the team with 17 points after recording seven during a five-game streak.

OVERTIME

1. Montreal F Andrew Shaw needs two goals to reach 100 in his career and has five during a five-game point streak.

2. Washington F Chandler Stephenson, who had an assist Friday, is slated to play his 100th NHL game Monday.

3. Canadiens RW Brendan Gallagher is tied for second on the team with nine goals, but has not scored in eight games.

PREDICTION: Canadiens 4, Capitals 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Washington 9-7-2-1 W1 5-3-1-1 4-4-1-0 1-1-0-0 8-6-2-1 2-2-1-0
Montreal 11-6-3-0 W2 6-3-1-0 5-3-2-0 1-0-0-0 10-6-3-0 2-2-3-0
Last Meeting
Washington Montreal
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/1/18 WAS 4 MON 6 31 38 0-1 44 27 0-2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Washington L. Eller 2
Montreal J. Armia 2
Goals Player  
Washington L. Eller 2
Montreal B. Gallagher 2
Assists Player  
Washington M. Niskanen 2
Montreal P. Danault 2
Saves Player  
Washington B. Holtby 38
Montreal C. Price 27
Season
Total Points Player  
Washington A. Ovechkin 27
Montreal M. Domi 24
Goals Player  
Washington A. Ovechkin 17
Montreal B. Gallagher 11
Assists Player  
Washington E. Kuznetsov 19
Montreal J. Petry 15
Saves Player  
Washington B. Holtby 435
Montreal C. Price 460
Quickchart Matchup
Washington Off vs  Montreal Def
3.26 GF
3.25 GA
30.6 Shots
31.5 Shots
18 PP
13 PK
Montreal Off vs  Washington Def
3.2 GF
3.26 GA
32.2 Shots
31.6 Shots
10 PP
19 PK