#3 April 16 at Montreal Canadiens
Late in the season the Caps will embark on their longest road trip which will take them to Canada and out west. It starts on the 14th in Toronto against the Maple Leafs. The Caps will also make stops in Colorado, Vegas, and Arizona. Sandwiched in that five game road trip, the Caps will have to travel to the house of horrors in the Bell Centre to take on the Montreal Canadiens.
The Canadiens are coming off a phenomenal season. I almost picked the Vegas Golden Knights on this road trip but I didn’t for a couple reasons. One is Marc-Andre Fleury is now on the Chicago Blackhawks while the Rangers added Tom Wilson‘s rival Ryan Reaves. Vegas is a cool spot and a likely destination if I do a road trip this season, but doesn’t have the history like Montreal.
Last season the Canadiens had to play their entire country in the Canadien Division. They then went on a remarkable run to the Stanley Cup Final before falling short to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Nick Suzuki led the Habs in the postseason with seven goals and nine assists for 16 points. 33 year old netminder Carey Price backstopped the Canadiens to a 13-9 record in the playoffs with a 2.28 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.