DETROIT - JANUARY 14: Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes gets into position as teammate Andrew Alberts #41 ties up Patrick Eaves #17 of the Detroit Red Wings as he takes a shot during an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on January 14, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'
— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis