DETROIT - MARCH 3: Brian Rafalski #28 of the Detroit Red Wings gets the puck away from the net as teammate Chris Osgood #30 and Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks watch during an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on March 3, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. Vancouver defeated Detroit 6-3. (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