MONTREAL, CANADA - OCTOBER 22: Fans of the Montreal Canadiens and of the Toronto Maple Leafs prepare to greet their team before the NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 22, 2011 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/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