These last two games will be most interesting to watch.
Toronto's season is finished and yet they can still make the playoffs….IF…. Montreal beats Hamilton on Saturday Nov 08.
Edmonton has the luxury of actually choosing which opponent it wants to meet in the Western Semi-Final. Lose to SSK and the Esks meet SSK in the Semi-Final. The Lions go east. If the Esks beat SSK then the Esks meet the Lions in the Western Semi and SSK goes east.
Now then….. Does the coaching staff have a preference? Do the players? Nobody likes to think [or perhaps admit] that sometimes a teams' effort is based on who it thinks it has a better chance of beating in the the playoff game.
If the Esks believe the Lions pose a greater threat in the Semi then it just may be that the Esks will do their best to make sure they beat SSK. Of course if the Esks would rather meet SSK in the semi then I would imagine…. oh dare I say it?
But heaven forbid, no team would ever play half heartedly in an attempt to stack the odds in its favour and determine which team it wants to meet in the Semi-Final…………… or would it?
Officially, the Esks players and coaching staff will go on record and most likely say: " We don't care who we meet in the Semi. We can beat either the Lions or SSK on any given day."
But unofficially? I would imagine mischievous thoughts can't be ruled out.