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High praise: Julien compliments Detroit’s ‘layers’

Apr 18, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT

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One of the things Boston coach Claude Julien likes about his own Bruins team, he also sees in his first-round opponents, the Detroit Red Wings.

That thing? Layers.


Yes, layers.

“They play the same way they’ve played forever,” Julien said of the Wings, per the Toronto Sun. “They’ve replaced their injured players with pretty good young ones. The injuries have allowed those young players to develop.

“They move the puck around. They have a good defensive game. They have layers.”

What does Julien mean by layers? Well, here’s what he said last June while the Bruins were shutting down the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final:

“I think it’s pretty obvious that we have layers. Our guys are committed to come back and just making sure that there’s layer after layer that make it hard for them to get to our net.”

Julien and Wings coach Mike Babcock know each other well, as both were on Team Canada’s coaching staff at the Sochi Olympics.

They’ve probably had a lot of good chats about layers.

Related: Get your game notes: Red Wings at Bruins

  1. laxnhockey - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    • ironyisadeadscene - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    • nunan - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      You know your team sucks when you’re posting recycled videos from years ago..videos that show the same replays bc there are so few of them. Bs in 6.

  2. laxnhockey - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:19 PM

  3. laxnhockey - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM

  4. willrad00 - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    What do onions and Detroit have in common? They both have layers.

    • cofran2004 - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      They both smell bad and make me want to cry when I’m around them?

  5. laxnhockey - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM

  6. valoisvipers - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Buttering up the opponent before the series begins. Coaching 101.

    • justinhbhb - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      More like coming to realize Toronto and New York in last yearsweren’t anywhere near as good as Detroit. Never mind the fact that Detroit almost beat the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks unlike the Bruins.

  7. dropthepuckeh - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Lax – any chance you could go play in traffic? You are posting the same videos on multiple topics and clogging up the airwaves for the rest of us. If you hate the Bruins and their fans so much, why not stay away from the Bruins posts?

    Two of the best coaches in the league going at it tonight which means we probably see a tight game decided by a goal. A lot of mutual respect between these coaches and teams.

    • joey4id - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Yeah! Lax. Get the f out of here. :-)

  8. dhillca - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Parfaits have layers. Parfaits are delicious

  9. cofran2004 - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Anyone else feeling nostalgic for shrek after this comment?

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