NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 02: Brian Gionta #21 of the Montreal Canadiens gets behind goalie Johan Hedberg #1 of the New Jersey Devils and scores a goal just seconds after the start of a hockey game at the Prudential Center on December 2, 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