MONTREAL, CANADA - NOVEMBER 21: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins stops the puck in front of Scott Gomez #11 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on November 21, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/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