For the second time in three years the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will play in Moncton, when they battle the Montreal Alouettes Saturday afternoon.
You can hear the latest installment of Touchdown Atlantic on AM900 CHML starting at 4pm Eastern Time.
It’s the first regular season meeting between the two East Division rivals, the latest start to a Ticats-Alouettes season series in 52 years.
While Cats QB Henry Burris has thrown for at least 300 yards in his last five games, three of them wins, the Al’s quarterback carousel continues to spin.
Josh Neiswander will start for 4-and-7 Montreal after rookie pivot Tanner Marsh sprained his right thumb versus the B.C. Lions last Sunday.
That leaves former Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith as the Alouettes backup and Acadia rookie Kyle Graves as the third stringer.
Defensively, Montreal is expected to have linebacker Kyries Hebert back on the field after he suffered a torn MCL August 17.
The 5-and-6 Tiger-Cats have made a number of changes on both sides of the ball.
Defensive backs Delvin Breaux, Courtney Stephen and Dee Webb will miss the game with injuries, as will right tackle Joel Figueroa.
They will be replaced by Kevin Barnes, Neil King, Rico Murray and Marc Dile.
And rookie kicker Brett Lauther is starting in place of veteran Luca Congi.
Ticats fans are also expected to get their first look at defensive end Arnaud Gascon-Nadon and running back Kendial Lawrence, although both of them will likely be limited to special teams duty.
Saturday’s game will be the third regular season Touchdown Atlantic game in Moncton, following the 2010 and 2011 contests.
Prior to that, there were two exhibition games played in St. John, New Brunswick in 1986 and ’87.
Montreal and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers met in the ’86 game while the Ticats and and Alouettes played each other in 1987.
Hamilton crushed Calgary 55-36 in 2011 in a game that attracted 20,153 fans.
The seating capacity at University of Moncton Stadium has since been reduced to 16,000.