PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 5: Goaltender Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins makes a stop with his leg pad on a shot from the Pittsburgh Penguins with the help of Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Bruins in the first period on December 5, 2011 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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