Stampeder Game Day

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:09 AM ET

STAMPEDERS (3-4) AT ALOUETTES (4-3)

5 P.M., PERCIVAL MOLSON STADIUM

TV: TSN; RADIO: QR77

COMING IN:

The Stampeders fell 39-31 to the B.C. Lions last week at McMahon Stadium, allowing the Leos to sweep the two-game season series. It also continued the Stamps' win one, lose one cadence since the first pre-season game.

The Stampeders haven't won back-to-back contests since July 2003, more than two full seasons.

After a sluggish start, the Alouettes have won two straight with a convincing victory over Saskatchewan at home two weeks ago before travelling to Toronto to edge the Argos Friday.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

The Stampeders are on a six-game losing streak against the Alouettes, dating back to Oct. 20, 2001. The Stamps haven't won in Montreal since 1999 and sport a dismal 2-8 record against Les Larks the last 10 contests. The Alouettes enjoy a 12-6 advantage over Calgary since the Montreal franchise was resurrected in 1996.

ROSTER MOVES:

* CALGARY -- The Stampeders are without HB Joey Boese (hamstring), who will be replaced by Nate Terry for the second consecutive game while the team has been forced to make additional moves in the secondary. First-year import CB Coby Reinhart is in for Ben Kelly (hamstring) and newcomer import CB Shane Walton is starting in place of Jermaine Chatman (jaw). Import DE Terrence Patrick is added to the roster for Kelly.

On offence, C Jamie Crysdale (knee) will miss his third straight game and will again be replaced by rookie Godfrey Ellis while import RB Tony Stallings will get a look at the expense of Ronnie Jenkins backing up Joffrey Reynolds.

* MONTREAL -- The Als have just two minor changes on offence, with non-import G Paul Archer stepping in for Paul Lambert (charley horse) and non-import receiver Shaun Diner added for Ryan Folk (shoulder).

MATCHUPS:

* WHEN CALGARY HAS THE BALL -- Stampeders receiver Jeremaine Copeland is itching for a big game against his former team, so expect Henry Burris to look for the league's leading receiver early and often. He'll be working primarily against first-year Alouette Lamar Chapman.The Stampeders will also try to establish a ground game with Joffrey Reynolds, an aspect of the offence sorely lacking last week after falling behind against the Lions while it's also a common strategy against the Als pressure defence.

The Stampeders will also want a smoother night from rookie centre Godfrey Ellis, snapping the ball in lieu of Jamie Crysdale. The Stamps also need to protect the football after a five-turnover disaster last week against the Lions. The Stamps miserable minus-11 record in giveaway-takeways this season, second worst in the CFL, pales in comparison to Montreal's plus-11 mark.

* WHEN MONTREAL HAS THE BALL -- The Alouettes receiving corps has undergone massive changes from last year with the departure of free agents Jeremaine Copeland and Thyron Anderson, the trade of Kwame Cavil in addition to the loss of Ben Cahoon to injury. Quarterback Anthony Calvillo has in their place receivers Dave Stala, Terry Vaughn, Kerry Watkins and Sylvain Gerard. Watkins, in his first full season with the Als, leads the team with 501 yards in receptions, fifth-best totals in the CFL. Vaughn, a former Stampeders and Eskimos receiver, is the only 1,000-yard man in the bunch.

Calvillo is also without sturdy running back Eric Lapointe (hamstring), leaving much of the workload to Robert Edwards, who has impressed by posting back-to-back 100-plus yard games along the ground.

NOTABLES:

Despite the Alouettes' many changes on offence, the unit has produced the second-most points in the league this season (205) behind only B.C. and is averaging four points per game more than Calgary ... The Stampeders special teams has done a good job on coverages this season but will have its hands full containing return specialist Ezra Landry. The pint-sized speedster has a 23.3-yard average on kickoffs and a 13.6 mark on punts ... Four Stampeders -- Brian Clark, Jeremaine Copeland, Demetrious Maxie and John Grace -- have all played for the Montreal franchise while six Als -- Kevin Johnson, Kelly Malveaux, Clay Roberson, Anwar Stewart, Terry Vaughn and Clinton Wayne -- have spent time in Calgary colours.

Catch all the action tonight on QR77. Jay Donald and Billy Powers will have the pre-game show at 4 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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