ISN WEEKEND SPORTS PREVIEW—Canadian Edition: Football Takes Center Stage

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Saskatchewan Roughriders

Football takes center stage this weekend with the Grey Cup and Vanier Cup semi-finals. In the Uteck Bowl (Saturday, Sportsnet 360, 9:30 am PT), the University of Western Mustangs visit the University of Acadia Axemen from Wolfville, Nova Scotia. This literally has all the makings of a blowout, as the Axemen only played this past Tuesday, and the Mustangs put up 75 points last week over Laurier in the Yates Cup. The closer USports football game should come at McMahon Stadium as the University of Calgary Dinos host the Laval Rouge et Or in the Mitchell Bowl (Saturday, Sportsnet 360, 1pm PT).

The CFL playoffs will continue on Sunday with the Eastern and Western Final. In the East, the Saskatchewan Roughriders face the Toronto Argonauts at BMO Field (Sunday, TSN, 10 am PT). Attendance is expected to be strong, and don’t be surprised if over half the stadium will be filled with fans wearing green and white. In the West, the ice cold Calgary Stampeders host the red hot Edmonton Eskimos (Sunday, TSN, 1:30 pm), in a game the Las Vegas odds makers are having a tough time calling. The return of Sean Whyte of White Rock, British Columbia, is huge for the Eskimos. With their starting place kicker this season, the Eskimos are a perfect 7-0. Without Whyte, they are only 6-6.

Here are the other events I will be watching this weekend with Canadian content:

Saturday—NHL—Edmonton Oilers @ Dallas Stars—Sportsnet—11 am PT—The Edmonton Oilers offensive inconsistencies continued this past week. They had no problem finding the back of the net in a 8-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Then on Thursday, they only scored once in a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues. The Stars and Oilers are both out of a playoff spot at the moment, with the Stars at 19 points and the Oilers at 16 points.

Saturday—World Cup Bobsled—www.cbcsports.ca—3pm PT—The second World Cup four-man bobsled competition of the season takes place on Saturday from Park City, Utah. The top Canadian team will be driven by Justin Kripps of Summerland, British Columbia. Last season, Kripps finished ninth in the World Cup overall standings for the four-man and reached the podium once as he finished second at Lake Placid.

Sunday—NHL—Ottawa Senators @ New York Rangers—Sportsnet—4pm PT—The Ottawa Senators will be on the second game of a back to back as they host the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. Mark Stone of Winnipeg, Manitoba leads the Senators this season with 12 goals and 19 points. The Rangers will look to bounce back after losing 6-3 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Sunday—NBA—Denver Nuggets @ Los Angeles Lakers—Sportsnet One—6:30pm PT—It has been a solid start to the season for Nuggets guard Jamal Murray of Kitchener, Ontario. The second-year NBA player is averaging 13.2 points per game after the first 14 games of the season. The Nuggets are 8-6, while the Lakers are 6-9.

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