Feisty Eskies up next

DANIEL WILSON, 24 HOURS

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

- THE BUZZ

The B.C. Lions (9-5), riding a five-game winning streak, play host to the Edmonton Eskimos (8-6) in the first half of a back-to-back home-and-away series. The pesky Eskies come into tonight's action nipping at the Leos' heels in the divisional standings.

- SKY'S THE LIMITS

After an 0-2 starts and sitting at 0.500 midway through the season, the Lions finally find themselves in familiar territory sitting atop the West Division. While that accomplishment shouldn't be ignored, the Lions are also in the company of the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders for top spot. With four weeks left in the 2008 season, all three teams are tied with 9-5 records.

- LUCK OF THE DRAW

While the Lions enter this week's action relatively healthy - save for quarterback Buck Pierce's wonky ankle - the Eskimos come to B.C. with an array of injuries. Defensive back J.R. Larose is latest to go down for Edmonton after suffering a broken leg last week. Luckily for the Esks, things went according to plan for kicker Noel Prefontaine, whose wife gave birth to their first child Wednesday morning and the former Argo will likely rejoin his team for tonight's big game.

- LAST TILT

The Lions and Eskimos have so far split their season series in 2008, with each team winning one contest. In July, Edmonton was sparked by an appearance by receiver Jason Tucker - who the week before had his season and possibly his career ended following a hit that left him with a broken neck - and rallied to come from behind and beat the Leos 35-24. The next week, however the Lions extracted their revenge with a 40-34 victor, at home.

- WHO TO WATCH FOR

Return specialist Tristan Jackson has returned three balls for touchdowns this season, giving the Lions Ian Smart - last year's CFL Special Teams Player of the Year - a run for his money.

- TRIMMING THE FAT

Needing to adjust their roster, with the expiration of the one-month expanded practice roster window, which allows teams to try out recently released NFL cuts, linebacker Reggie Myles and defensive back Brady Browne were released this week. The moves open up a spot for either defensive back B.J. Tucker, linebacker Terna Nande or receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen to join the fray.

- LOOKING STYLISH

The Lions will wear their black third jerseys tonight and orange helmets, adorned with the Bob Ackles tribute paw design on the side. The team will be outfitted in the combo for their last two home games this season and after the campaign, the headgear will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the B.C. Football Hall of Fame.

- THE DETAILS

The game goes tonight at BC Place, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. The contest is available on TSN - local blackout may be in effect - and the Team 1040.


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