DETROIT, MI - MARCH 2: Cory Emmerton #48 of the Detroit Red Wings battles for a loose puck with Warren Peters #43 of the Minnesota Wild during a NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on March 2, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Sandford/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