NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 24: Drew Stafford #21, Matt Ellis #37, Nathan Gerbe #42 and Jordan Leopold #3 of the Buffalo Sabres celebrate a goal by Leopold against the New Jersey Devils during the first period of an NHL hockey game at Prudential Center on January 24, 2012 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