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EDMONTON -- Edmonton Eskimo quarterback Mike Reilly wasnt eager to shake hands with a reporter Thursday but pronounced himself ready to take his injured thumb into battle Friday against the Montreal Alouettes. Adidas Wayne Gretzky Jersey . You can watch the game on TSN1, 3, 4, 5 and TSN GO at 8:30pm et/5:30pm pt and listeners in the Montreal region can follow the action on TSN Radio 690. "Its not 100 per cent but its good enough to play football and play at a high level," Reilly said of his injured thumb. "Its going to take a couple of weeks before it feels 100 per cent normal but right now its not affecting my ability to throw the ball and play football." Reillys injured thumb on his throwing hand has kept him out of the last two games, both losses to Calgary. His return is welcome news for Edmontons offence that will be looking for more consistency to try to end a two-game losing streak. The losses have dropped the Eskimos to 7-3 and into third place in the west. Reilly, injured on the opening drive of a 41-27 win over Toronto three weeks ago, said the Eskimos have to get back to the basics, get back to competing, playing hard and executing their plays to get past the Alouettes. "If this week of practice is any indication, were going to be back to where we were early in the year," he said. "We came out with a kind of new mentality and a new focus and thats a good thing." While Reilly is back with Edmonton, former Eskimo Jonathan Crompton will get his third start for the Alouettes. In his two previous starts Crompton completed 33 of 52 passes for 451 yards with two TDs and two interceptions. "Hes done a very nice job getting the ball out of his hands, he knows where his weapons are," said Eskimo coach Chris Jones. "Hes done a great job of managing (the offence) and I think hes brought a level of energy that they were maybe lacking. "The last three weeks they have a lot more energy and a more positive aura about them so its going to be interesting to see how we come out of the locker-room and attack them." Crompton was Reillys backup last season but slid to fourth on the depth chart in training camp before leaving. He wouldnt talk about the Eskimo situation, saying hes just happy where hes at and is back in Edmonton for a "business trip." "Its not about me," he said of his recent success and the Als two wins. "The O-line has been blocking their butts off, the running backs have been running well, blocking well, the receivers have been making plays. When all those go together it makes my job easy." The Eskimos are 5-0 versus eastern teams, including an 33-23 win over Montreal in early August, but, like very other western team, they have a better record on the road (4-1) than at home (3-2). Montreal has won its last two games but is winless in four road games this year. A lot of Edmontons success this season is due to the improved and aggressive play of the defence that leads the CFL with five touchdowns -- three on interceptions and two on fumble recoveries. Rookie Dexter McCoil, who won a linebacking spot in training camp partly due to the injury to J.C. Sherritt, has been a big part of the defence with four interceptions and two touchdowns. "Those days just happened to be in the right place at the right time," he said. "We have great game plans. Our coaches put us in great positions to make plays. . . and our job is to execute to the highest level." Sherritt is back on the roster but McCoil, Rennie Curran and Otha Foster are the starting linebackers. The three starters have a combined 95 tackles and five interceptions. "Its about everybody buying into the defence and wanting to be good," McCoil explained. "We pride ourselves on being aggressive and physical. We have a long way to go to be great, but every time we step on the field were trying to be the best we can." Adidas Nic Dowd Jersey . Re-signed by the club to a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract on July 5, Bass appeared in three preseason games with Columbus prior to breaking a bone in his hand on Sept. Adidas Tyler Toffoli Jersey . Raonic, the No. 8 seed from Thornhill, Ont., had 18 aces in the match. He needed one hour 39 minutes to complete the victory. . Unlike last year when nobody got in, there have been estimates of as many as five getting voted in this time around and as few as one, Greg Maddux.SOCHI, Russia – Sitting on the plane amongst the plethora of his St. Louis Blues teammates who would also be participating in the Olympics, Alex Pietrangelo felt right at home, no different in some ways to the travel experience of any old road trip – save for the length of the journey, that is. It wasnt until he touched base on the ground here in Sochi and separated from all but his Team Canada teammate and defensive partner Jay Bouwmeester that the magnitude of what lay ahead really set in. The 24-year-old Pietrangelo is among the youngest to wear the red Maple Leaf in 2014 as youth infuses what was previously a veteran-laden squad. Like fellow youngsters 23-year-old Matt Duchene, 24-year-old Jamie Benn, 23-year-old John Tavares and 24-year-old P.K. Subban, he is getting his first opportunity (of many) on the grandest stage and his NHL head coach couldnt be happier for it. "Hes just going to get better," said Ken Hitchcock, the bench boss in St. Louis and an assistant coach for Team Canada. "Any time you can experience something like this, it makes you a better player." The chance to train, practice and play amongst the countrys very best and compete, in the days ahead, opposite the worlds very best is a large part of the appeal as is the opportunity to represent Canada on the world stage. But in advising his Blues centerpiece prior to the Olympics, Hitchcock wanted Pietrangelo to absorb and understand just how high and intense the hockey will get, even amongst his own NHL teammates and future opponents. "Like dont expect Patrick Berglund to be what he is. Hes going to go up another level," Hitchcock said of the Blues centre, one among 10 players from St. Louis selected to play in these games, tied with Chicago and Detroit for the most in the NHL. "Dont expect Alex Steen to be what he is. Hes going to go up another level and thats just the way it is. "So dont be surprised because people play with passion ... Their sweaters and the crest on their sweaters is just as important for them as it is us. I said just dont be surprised by everybodys A-game when its out there." Pietrangelo has also heeded the advice of Bouwmeester – who is set to participate in his second Olympics – peppering the 30-year-old in the days and weeks leading up to their arrival in Russia. "I was able to pick his brain about the experience and he was pretty much bang on with everything he said," said Pietrangelo, who has 41 points in 57 games for the Blues this season. The best part, Bouwmeester advised, was the opportunity to take in the Olympic experience alongside other Canadians, not just those on the two hockey teams, but skiers, curlers, skaters, those in sports unfamiliar to the King City, Ontario nattive. Adidas Kyle Clifford Jersey. "You see the skaters, you see the skiers on TV and you know that youre part of that group," Pietrangelo said. "Youre sitting in the lunch hall, the dinner hall now and you see them and you say hi and then you go out there and watch them on TV, its pretty special." On the ice, it was absorbing the complexities of the bigger international ice surface and systems employed by head coach Mike Babcock. Technical questions leveled at Hitchcock at an instructive Tuesday afternoon practice. "...he wanted to know, on defensive reads, whats his role because we play a different way [in St. Louis], especially on the back-check," Hitchcock said, noting Pietrangelos studious nature. The fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft is part of a youth revolution thats gradually crept into Team Canada and the hockey world. It was quietly prominent in Vancouver when a 21-year-old Jonathan Toews, 20-year-old Drew Doughty and 22-year-old Sidney Crosby all emerged at various points en route to gold, and its risen to new heights in Sochi. Gone from that triumphant squad on home turf are hardened veterans like Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer, Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow, replaced by a new wave that includes Pietrangelo, Duchene, Subban, Benn and Tavares. "We knew that when 2010 ended, there was going to be a changing of the guard," said Blues GM and Team Canada management member Doug Armstrong. "For quite of few of those players, their time had come. A lot of them are retired now. And you really cant keep these young players down." That would include Pietrangelo, who has surged to the heights of the defensive position on a powerhouse Blues squad, one that is tied for second-best overall with 84 points at the break. Still in just his fourth full NHL season, he is sitting fourth among all NHL defenders in points this season while averaging more than 25 minutes per game on one of the leagues preeminent defensive teams. A member of two Canadian World Junior teams – including a gold-snatching squad in 2009 – Pietrangelo was brought along carefully by the St. Louis organization, who signed him to a seven-year, $45 million contract this past summer. He played in just 17 games in the two years that followed his draft, rare patience that is quickly being rewarded. "Its hard to argue that right now," said Pietrangelo, gazing around at where he stood on Olympic ground. "Its a tough thing to go through as a young player. You always want to be playing at the highest level, but to see where I am right now, they were investing their time and money in me and they were going to make the best decision for me. Thats how I looked at it. Id like to think that its working right now." Cheap Heat Jerseys Cheap Bucks Jerseys Cheap Timberwolves Jerseys Cheap Pelicans Jerseys Cheap Knicks Jerseys Cheap Thunder Jerseys Cheap Magic Jerseys Cheap 76ers Jerseys Cheap Suns Jerseys Cheap Blazers Jerseys Cheap Sacramento Kings Jerseys Cheap Spurs Jerseys Cheap Raptors Jerseys Cheap Jazz Jerseys Cheap Wizards Jerseys ' ' '

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