GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 02: Goalie Jason LaBarbera #1 of the Phoenix Coyotes pauses for a drink during the pre-game skate before the start of their game against the Dallas Stars at Jobing.com Arena on February 2, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/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