To help celebrate NBC Rivalry Night, NHL.com will look at a rivalry within the rivalry of the featured game on Wednesday nights. This week, we take a look at which coach has the upper hand, Mike Babcock from the Detroit Red Wings or Claude Julien from the Boston Bruins.
Mike Babcock and Claude Julien are competitors and equals in the NHL. Come February, when they travel to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the dynamic will change. Babcock will be Julien's boss and they'll be after the same goal, another Olympic gold medal for Canada.
Babcock is reprising his role as Canada's head coach and Julien is joining his staff as an associate coach. He's the newbie on the staff that also includes associate coaches Lindy Ruff (Dallas Stars) and Ken Hitchcock (St. Louis Blues), who were with Babcock at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.