DETROIT - JANUARY 23: Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings skates on the ice as teammate Henrik Zetterberg #40 celebrates with teammate Todd Bertuzzi #44 for his goal on Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings as teammates Sean O'Donnell #6, Matt Greene #2 and Michal Handzus #26 look on dejected during a NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on January 23, 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