NEWARK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 25: Alexei Semenov #25 of the New York Rangers collides with P.L. Letourneau-Leblond #22 of the New Jersey Devils in the first period of a preseason hockey game at Prudential Center on September 25, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/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