Stampder Game Day

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

LIONS (9-3) AT STAMPEDERS (2-11) 7 p.m., McMahon Stadium

TV: TSN (SUBJECT TO LOCAL BLACKOUT)

Radio: QR77

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COMING IN:

Calgary is mired in a six-game losing streak and coming off a 26-24 loss to Ottawa a week ago. B.C. is flying, winning eight straight, including what might go down as the most exciting game of the season against Edmonton Saturday. The Lions won the wild affair 36-33 on a Duncan O'Mahony field goal in overtime.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Calgary gave the first-place Lions a run for their money but lost 25-18 in overtime Aug. 21. The teams have split the past 10 games but the Stamps have a 84-62-1 all-time record.

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ROSTER MOVES:

CALGARY -- The backfield is new with Joffrey Reynolds and Ronney Jenkins both making their Stampeder debuts. Reynolds replaces Victor Ike, who might be cut if there aren't any injuries in the coming week. Jenkins will mostly return kicks and takes the spot of WR Darcey Levy. The last time these teams met, right guard Taylor Robertson was nursing an ankle injury and the run game was ineffective. Robertson has missed three games since then but returns at close to 100% and replaces Travis Arnold.

B.C. -- Injuries have dictated some odd changes for the Lions, who will dress eight offensive lineman. Both David Heasman and Cory Mantyka are banged up, so recent signee Tango McCauley will start at left guard. Because they don't have enough non-imports to fix the ratio, Heasman and Mantyka will dress but might not play much at all. Canadian LB Javier Glatt (knee) is out, forcing DB Scott Plummer to come on in his spot. McCauley had to replace an import, so WR Chris Brazzell is the odd man out. WR Paris Jackson, a Canadian, takes his spot in the offence, while OG Kelly Bates sits out.

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MATCHUPS:

WHEN CALGARY HAS THE BALL -- GM-head coach Matt Dunigan highlighted three things to improve on from the last time these teams played: Manage the clock, protect the ball and take advantage of turnovers. At least QB Marcus Crandell should have a threat at running back with newcomers Joffrey Reynolds and Ronney Jenkins in the backfield.

WHEN B.C. HAS THE BALL -- In the previous meeting, the Stamps' defensive line was able to knock QB Casey Printers around a bit and the MVP candidate had his worst game of the season. Head coach Wally Buono chalked that up to poor protection and said Printers should get more time to throw this time. He won't have deep threat Chris Brazzell because he's the victim of some import roster problems. Printers will still have a four-man punch in Frank Cutolo, Ryan Thelwell, Jason Clermont and Geroy Simon, arguably the best unit in the CFL.

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NOTABLES:

Lions head coach Wally Buono needs one more win to tie Greg Mohns for most consecutive wins in franchise history. Mohns went nine straight with six to end the 1998 season and the first three of '99. Buono's eight consecutive wins are a franchise record for one season ... Calgary's worst losing streak occurred in 1976 when the Stamps lost nine in a row and were winless in 11.

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Catch all the action tonight on QR77. Jay Donald and Billy Powers will have the pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. Mark Stephen provides the play-by-play with colour work by Greg Peterson. Join Jay Donald and Billy Powers for the post-game show.


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