DETROIT, MI - MARCH 07: Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings makes a save as Ales Hemsky #83 of the Edmonton Oilers crashes the net during a NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on March 7, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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