<![CDATA[BLEEDING YOUR COLORS - D TO D]]>Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:31:32 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket]]>Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:32:01 GMThttp://bleedingyourcolors.weebly.com/d-to-d/2015-nhl-stanley-cup-playoffs-bracketBy Trevor Utley

                    The NHL Playoffs start tomorrow and I am excited as always.  Before last year, I was excited because hockey has the best playoffs in professional sports.  Now I am excited because the team I adopted before last year. the St. Louis Blues, are a top seed in the Western Conference.  My first ride as a Blues fan come the Stanley Cup playoffs ended in anguish last year.  The Blues were ousted in the first round by the Blackhawks.  The series featured four overtime games, including a 3-OT thriller in Game 1.  The Blues won the first two before getting swept away in four straight including a 5-1 pasting in Game 7 that should have been by an even wider margin.  
                    
                     As you can see by my bracket below, I am going against my gut (which tells me my team will always lose) and have picked the Blues to go all the way this year!  They will take care of Minnesota in the opening round.  They will exorcise the demons of a year ago in dispatching Chicago in the conference semi-finals.  They'll overtake Gordon Bombay's favorite team the Ducks in the Western Conference Finals.  After that, I'll leave that to Booker T.  (Replace Hulk Hogan with the Washington Capitals naturally).

                    Leave a comment here, on Facebook, or on Twitter @B3WHYC3 telling me who you think is going to take home Lord Stanley's Cup.  Better yet, join the Bleeding Your Colors NHL Bracket Challenge group on NHL.com and put your money where your mouth is.  It is free however so use your reputation as currency instead.






Trevor Utley is nearly 100% sure he has jinxed the Blues.  He sincerely apologizes to the organization, fellow Blues fans, and the city of St. Louis.  Take that last part back, St. Louis stunk.


Image Credit: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket (nhl.com)
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<![CDATA[NHL Picks 11/14/14]]>Fri, 14 Nov 2014 23:23:18 GMThttp://bleedingyourcolors.weebly.com/d-to-d/nhl-picks-111414By Trevor Utley

                  I would be a horrible nurse.  I can't seem to find the NHL's pulse.  The over/under, which has been my kryptonite since its introduction to this column, is now my strength.  After yesterday's results, I have hit on six of my last seven.  Boston versus Montreal (Over 5.0) as well as Colorado versus New York (Over 5.5) surpassed their numbers with relative ease.  The Bruins were once again victimized by a team doing the majority of the goal scoring.  In consecutive nights the B's have been bombarded by their rivals 6-1 and 5-1.  While they didn't even need to score for me to win in the Toronto game, I appreciated their consolation goal to prevent a push last night.  The Avalanche and Rangers were more evenly matched as Colorado won in a shootout 4-3.  Once again, I didn't have to sweat anything out as they bested their 5.5 mark before the end of regulation leaving the results of OT and the shootout moot.  

                    Obviously, my spread picks didn't fare as well.  Los Angeles continued their recent swoon as they were bested at home by the Dallas Stars.  The champs didn't even give me a glimmer of hope as Dallas shut them out on their home ice in decisive fashion.  Buffalo once again found a new way to screw me.  This time they were actually my selection and of course couldn't keep the Minnesota Wild's anemic offense at bay.  I didn't expect big things from Buffalo, but giving up six goals to a team that had only scored that many once before AND was in the midst of a four game losing streak wasn't my expectation either.  Yesterday's games did affect how I picked today though.

                    Today I am picking three games and all against the over/under line.  I was tempted to pick all overs because frankly, picking unders stinks.  Unless we are talking about a team's overall record (such as my delight with each Philadelphia 76ers loss), I hate rooting for futility.  Most of the time when overs come in on the ice, it is because both teams played terribly.  I am all for great goaltending but I want to see goals in games I have no rooting interest in otherwise.  Pumping my fists every time a poorly taken wrister goes wide just feels gross.  With all that being said, I ended up with two overs and one under to hedge my bets.  On to the picks!

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All picks are made with composite puck lines from ESPN.com.  Home team in ALL CAPS.

Pittsburgh/TORONTO  Over 5.5
NY Islanders/FLORIDA  Over 5.5
Arizona/VANCOUVER  Under 5.5


Last Day's NHL Record: 2-2
NHL Record for 2014: 50-50
Last Day's All Picks Record: 3-6
All-Time NHL Record: 108-103
All-Time Picks Record: 289-254-5
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<![CDATA[NHL Picks 11/13/14]]>Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:07:09 GMThttp://bleedingyourcolors.weebly.com/d-to-d/nhl-picks-111314By Trevor Utley

                  Yesterday was a nice 2-0 day with neither result in real jeopardy for me at any point.  I'd say that is as good a way to pick yourself up after an all-sport zero burger the day before.  My two picks came in but the games went in vastly different directions.  Toronto jumped all over Boston in the second period of their Rivalry Wednesday contest with four goals.  They didn't let up or look back and cruised to a 6-1 victory and getting the over all by themselves.  I knew this game had some goals in it, but I would be lying if I said I saw this lopsided of a game coming.  The later game was my spread pick as I had the Kings against the Ducks to complete the Rivalry Wednesday doubleheader.  The defending champs put up two first period goals on the Ducks and were leading 3-2 to after two.  After Anaheim tied it up to start the third, LA rebounded and looked to have the game sewn up.  That was not the case as they conceded two goals in five minutes including one with about 90 seconds left in regulation and would go on to lose in the shootout.  With the way they were collapsing in the last five minutes, I was thankful it got to OT.  It secured a win for me and a disappointing point for the Stanley Cup holders.

                     Today I will be picking four games, two spread and two over/under.  Boston and Los Angeles both factor into my picks on the second night of back to backs.  The Bruins head to Montreal for a REAL rivalry game with the Habs while the Kings head home to welcome the Stars to Staples Center.  I try my hand with the Sabres again but in a stunning turn of events I am actually picking them...to cover a goal and a half.  Minnesota isn't a bad team but they've lost four in a row and I don't think they'll snap out of that funk entirely tonight.  The other game features the New York Rangers, who are fresh off creaming the Penguins, taking on the Colorado Avalanche.  If this game doesn't hit the over I'll be shocked.  The New York Hockey Rangers have been scoring in droves while Colorado's claim to "fame" this season thus far has been giving up a zamboni-load of goals.  On to the picks!

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All picks are made with composite puck lines from ESPN.com.  Home team in ALL CAPS.

Boston/MONTREAL  Over 5.0
Colorado/NY RANGERS  Over 5.5
LOS ANGELES -1.5 Dallas
Buffalo +1.5 MINNESOTA


Last Day's NHL Record: 2-0
NHL Record for 2014: 48-48
Last Day's All Picks Record: 4-2
All-Time NHL Record: 106-101
All-Time Picks Record: 286-248-5
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<![CDATA[NHL Picks 11/12/14]]>Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:34:48 GMThttp://bleedingyourcolors.weebly.com/d-to-d/nhl-picks-111214By Trevor Utley

                  People will talk for ages about the Great 11/11 Utley O-fer.  Between both the NBA and NHL yesterday, I was not able to make one correct pick.  On the ice, San Jose laid an egg for the ages against Florida scoring a late consolation goal to break up the shutout.  San Jose usually waits to the playoffs to play this bad so a stinker like this in the regular season gives me cause for concern.  The other game featured my prized Blues against the bottom feeding Buffalo Sabres.  I didn't think it was foolish to think the under was coming in for this game.  They are two low scoring teams that like to play beat 'em up type hockey.  Through two periods I looked a winner.  The third period made me look the exact opposite.  The two teams nearly broke the over in the final period alone and I was officially 0-4 on the day.

                     Unlike my NBA picks, I can't dig myself entirely out of the hole I've dug myself today.  That is because there are only two games on this Rivalry Wednesday.  The Bruins will take on the Maple Leafs in Toronto while the Kings will fire just up the freeway to Anaheim to take on the Ducks.  Both games featured teams that have burned me in recent weeks (Boston and Anaheim) but the league didn't give me any outs.  I am picking the Eastern Conference game with the over/under and the Western Conference game against the spread.  And hey, I went an entire article without mentioning the .500 mark!  FUCK!  I knew I couldn't make it.  On to the picks!

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All picks are made with composite puck lines from ESPN.com.  Home team in ALL CAPS.

Boston/TORONTO  Over 5.5
Los Angeles +1.5 ANAHEIM


Last Day's NHL Record: 0-2
NHL Record for 2014: 46-48
Last Day's All Picks Record: 0-4
All-Time NHL Record: 104-101
All-Time Picks Record: 282-246-5
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<![CDATA[NHL Picks 11/11/14]]>Tue, 11 Nov 2014 23:38:22 GMThttp://bleedingyourcolors.weebly.com/d-to-d/nhl-picks-111114
By Trevor Utley

                  I don't know how to start these anymore without having the crutch of bitching about being under .500.  The thing is, I don't want to fall below that watermark just so I have a tailor made opening.  I'll figure out.  I went 1-1 yesterday, keeping myself at even for 2014.  Carolina was able to hold off late Calgary pressure to keep my under intact.  After not getting a single win, though two points from shootout losses, in all of October, the Canes have won five out of six in the first two weeks of November.  They look to have put their putrid first month behind them and have gained my trust as a potential underdog pick with a tougher schedule forthcoming.  A team that is trending in the opposite direction is New Jersey, after starting 3-0, they haven't been able to string consecutive victories together all the while being a flop at covering the number.  They continued that trend last night as they whiffed against the Bruins with a goal and a half in hand.  Tonight I once again go with just two picks, one against the spread and one over/under.  For the first time in over a week, I will be picking my team, the St. Louis Blues.  They need to keep the Sabres, as well as themselves, under five total goals.  Both offenses are nothing special so I am hoping that there is a 2-1 or 3-1 game between the two this evening.  My other pick is the San Jose Sharks laying a goal and a half against the host Florida Panthers.  Florida's defense and goaltending can only do so much to make up for the fact that they just flat out can't score goals.  Even if they are able to stifle the Sharks' attack to an extent, I don't see them being able to keep it within two with their complete lack of goal scoring ability.  This is usually the point where I say "On to the picks!" but I already laid out what I was doing so HAPPY VETERAN'S DAY AND THANK YOU SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN FOR YOUR SACRIFICE FOR US!

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All picks are made with composite puck lines from ESPN.com.  Home team in ALL CAPS.

San Jose +1.5 FLORIDA
ST. LOUIS/Buffalo  Under 5.0


Last Day's NHL Record: 1-1
NHL Record for 2014: 46-46
Last Day's All Picks Record: 2-2
All-Time NHL Record: 104-99
All-Time Picks Record: 282-242-5

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<![CDATA[NHL Picks 11/10/14]]>Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:48:09 GMThttp://bleedingyourcolors.weebly.com/d-to-d/nhl-picks-111014By Trevor Utley

                  I finally did it!  After less than a week of arduousness, I finally reached the summit known as...level.  Now that I am at the .500 mark, I don't feel that it is as much of an accomplishment as I did when I was chasing it.  After being so bad at picking this sport for so long, I seem to have replaced success with mediocrity.  It is a slippery slope before I start having the same views in real life.  Therefore, I am not going to rest on my laurels of level pegging and strive for bigger and better things from myself the NHL handicapper and myself the person.  Well at least one or the other, can't be heaping on too much pressure on myself.  I will be once again picking two games tonight, one spread and one over/under, because there are just two games on the NHL schedule this evening.  Bruins/Devils has some juice especially in the area of the country I am in.  It also gets ramped up when you have one friend (BYC podcaster Lou) who lives and dies with the Devs and one (NFL picker Josh) who is of the same mindset with the B's.  I am also looking forward to my second ever under pick after last night's Rangers/Oilers victory.  On to the picks!!

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All picks are made with composite puck lines from ESPN.com.  Home team in ALL CAPS.

New Jersey +1.5 BOSTON
Calgary/CAROLINA  Under 5.5


Last Day's NHL Record: 2-0
NHL Record for 2014: 45-45
Last Day's All Picks Record: 2-2
All-Time NHL Record: 103-98
All-Time Picks Record: 280-240-5
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<![CDATA[NHL Picks 11/9/14]]>Sun, 09 Nov 2014 22:44:46 GMThttp://bleedingyourcolors.weebly.com/d-to-d/nhl-picks-11914By Trevor Utley

                  This has to seem like quite the broken record for you readers as of late.  I pick two games, one wins, one loses and I am nowhere closer to the .500 mark I so desire.  After a second consecutive 1-1 day I still sit two games away from even.  I hope that today's rehashing of the same strategies and teams brings different results.  I'm insane.  That is what you are telling yourself.  Well, I am kind of insane right now after Weebly deleted my second draft of this and used my first one instead.  TECHNOLOGY!!  Alas, I am once again picking against the Ottawa Senators at home with another Canadian team.  Are you going to let Winnipeg show you up Toronto?  Didn't think so.  As for my over/under, King Henrik Lundqvist, though not official royalty, shall reign with an iron fist over the peasant Edmonton Oilers for an easy under.  The Rangers netminder has two shutouts in his last five home games and the Oilers are the second lowest scoring team in the West.  NOW, ON TO THE PICKS!  (AND THIS BETTER NOT GET DELETED!)

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All picks are made with composite puck lines from ESPN.com.  Home team in ALL CAPS.

Toronto +1.5 OTTAWA
Edmonton/NY RANGERS  Under 5.5


Last Day's NHL Record: 1-1
NHL Record for 2014: 43-45
Last Day's All Picks Record: 3-3
All-Time NHL Record: 101-98
All-Time Picks Record: 278-238-5

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<![CDATA[NHL Picks 11/8/14]]>Sat, 08 Nov 2014 23:34:42 GMThttp://bleedingyourcolors.weebly.com/d-to-d/nhl-picks-11814By Trevor Utley

                  Ugh, I just can't get level!  I was only able to go 1-1 in yesterday's NHL picks still leaving me two wins from my elusive .500 winning percentage.  I did however get to 100 total correct picks in my NHL picking career!  Hooray me!  So once again, I have selected two games to break even: one spread, one over/under.  Before I talk about today's selections, I need to address something.  While I've found a new California friend in my NBA picks, Sacramento, I've lost a friend on the ice.  The Anaheim Ducks have officially fallen out of favor with me.  I know the blame for missed over/unders don't always fall on one team's shoulders.  In this instance, I just can't accept consistent failure from one team.  You may get back on my good side one day Ducks, but until you stop being more D3 than D2, you won't be.  I will be picking one team from yesterday again today though.  That will be the Washington Capitals, For the first time however, I will be going under 5.5 goals in their game against the Carolina Hurricanes.  For my other pick, scroll down for about .2 seconds.  On to the picks!

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All picks are made with composite puck lines from ESPN.com.  Home team in ALL CAPS.

Winnipeg +1.5 OTTAWA
WASHINGTON/Carolina  Under 5.5


Last Day's NHL Record: 1-1
NHL Record for 2014: 42-44
Last Day's All Picks Record: 3-3
All-Time NHL Record: 100-97
All-Time Picks Record: 275-235-5
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<![CDATA[NHL Picks 11/7/14]]>Sat, 08 Nov 2014 00:07:29 GMThttp://bleedingyourcolors.weebly.com/d-to-d/nhl-picks-11714By Trevor Utley

                   I am so close to .500 I can taste it.  While the NBA saddled me with two losses last night, the NHL evened my overall record for the day with a perfect 2-0.  Tampa Bay handled Calgary at home doubling the 1.5 goal line with a three goal victory.  Winnipeg and Pittsburgh had the over before they even went to the shootout to decide their winner.  Being just two games under level pegging for 2014-15, I am going to pick just the two games for this evening.  OK, that isn't entirely true.  I am mostly just picking two games because I wouldn't get picks in for the 7:00 games in on time and Detroit vs. New Jersey has nothing but the money line available.  For this evening my spread pick will be Washington vs. Chicago.  I am going with the Capitals plus a goal and a half even though I have won just once picking them previously.  Hopefully tonight they get me number two as they take on a Blackhawks squad who won't have the services of Patrick Sharp for at least a month.  My second pick is of the over/under variety and it involves my favorite team not wearing a note on their chest, the Anaheim Ducks.  The Ducks weren't able to beat the 5.5 goal over with the Islanders at home two days ago but I am hoping facing lesser competition will help them.  The Coyotes are just two points out of the cellar of the Western Conference and have allowed 44 goals on the year, the fifth worst mark in the entire NHL.  Anaheim has their own goaltending woes of late as well.  Surely this spells an over right?  On to the picks!

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All picks are made with composite puck lines from ESPN.com.  Home team in ALL CAPS.

Washington +1.5 CHICAGO
ANAHEIM/Arizona  Over 5.5


Last Day's NHL Record: 2-0
NHL Record for 2014: 41-43
Last Day's All Picks Record: 2-2
All-Time NHL Record: 99-96
All-Time Picks Record: 272-232-5
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<![CDATA[NHL Picks 11/6/14]]>Thu, 06 Nov 2014 23:51:02 GMThttp://bleedingyourcolors.weebly.com/d-to-d/nhl-picks-11614By Trevor Utley

                   While the first day of the BYC picks format change was good for hockey, the second clearly was anything but.  I went 1-2 with my lone win coming on a backdoor cover in the Red Wings/Rangers contest.  Once again Buffalo besmirched me as Montreal needed the shootout to down the lowly Sabres.  The thing that hurts me the most is that the Ducks let me down.  A steady force in both my daily picks as well as on Streak for the Cash, the Ducks were my rock.  They were the team I could always count for when I needed a big losing streak in either medium snapped.  Now after they couldn't force their will upon the Islanders to break the 5.5 goal threshold, I don't know what to do.  Therefore I will mirror my NBA picks in the NHL tonight with just one spread and one over/under from the ten available games.  Hopefully I can get this ship righted by the weekend and be over .500 come next week.  On to the picks!

All picks are made with composite puck lines from ESPN.com.  Home team in ALL CAPS.

TAMPA BAY -1.5 Calgary
Pittsburgh/WINNIPEG   Over 5.0


Last Day's NHL Record: 1-2
NHL Record for 2014: 39-43
Last Day's All Picks Record: 5-2
All-Time NHL Record: 97-96
All-Time Picks Record: 270-230-5
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