NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 10: Jonathon Blum #7 of the Nashville Predators and Marcus Kruger #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks watch a puck go wide of Predators goalie Pekka Rinne #35 at the Bridgestone Arena on February 10, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/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