BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Drew Stafford #21 and Cody Hodgson #19 of the Buffalo Sabres battle in the crease against Peter Budaj #30 of the Montreal Canadiens at First Niagara Center on February 7, 2013 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/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