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If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Saturday when the Vancouver Canucks and the Los Angeles Kings meet at STAPLES Center.

The Canucks were a 4-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Lightning. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at +144 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for OVER bettors.

Los Angeles was a 5-0 loser in its last match on the road against the Blues. They lost as +125 underdogs, while the total score of 5 made winners of PUSH bettors.

Los Angeles:
Team record: 25-13-4 SU, ATS
Current streak: lost 5 straight games.

is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Vancouver
is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Vancouver
is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games

When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Dallas are 6-4
After playing St. Louis are 7-3
After a loss are 4-6

Vancouver:
Team record: 23-12-7 SU, ATS
Current streak: lost 2 straight games.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of last 5 games on the road
is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of last 13 games
is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road

When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing San Jose are 2-8
After playing Tampa Bay are 8-2
After a loss are 4-6

Next up:
Vancouver at Anaheim, Sunday, January 5
Los Angeles home to Minnesota, Tuesday, January 7