Playoff primer

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

The Montreal Alouettes have opened as six-point favourites to win the East Division final against the Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday.

The first betting line on the game appeared online yesterday at www.thegreek.com

The over-under for the tilt - which will be played indoors at Montreal's Olympic Stadium - is 56.5 points, just 2.5 points higher than the line for last Saturday's cold weather game in Winnipeg.

Edmonton defensive end Brandon Guillory isn't bothered by being six-point underdogs.

"I heard we were underdogs last game and you saw how that turned out," he said.

The betting lines can move throughout the week, but it's interesting to note that thegreek.com appeared to be the first online sports book to post a line for the East semifinal game last week and every recognized Internet wagering site matched the line.

Montreal hammered Edmonton 40-4 at Percival Molson Stadium in September, with both teams playing at full strength.

Edmonton won the only other regular-season meeting by 23 points, but Montreal had six veterans miss the game - including starting quarterback Anthony Calvillo and middle linebacker Reggie Hunt.

Of note, if Edmonton wins on Saturday, it would mark the organization's first three-game winning streak since the 2005 Grey Cup playoffs.

QUICK HIT: THERE ARE EIGHT ESKIMOS WITH TIES TO QUEBEC.

With the East final in Montreal, the hunt is underway to find tickets for players returning home.

Quebec-born fullback Mathieu Bertrand got a head start by making deals with teammates to acquire 14 tickets.

"Last week I was working on it," admitted Bertrand. "I knew we would play that game (the East final)."

Every player gets two tickets to every game, so Bertrand has been working the dressing room.

Montreal-born receiver Kevin Challenger has 10 tickets, while head coach Danny Maciocia - another Montreal native - is pulling tickets for his parents and two brothers.


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