NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 2: Chris Mason (L), along with Nick Spaling, Roman Josi and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators arrive wearing Cancer Train t-shirts before playing against the Colorado Avalanche at the Bridgestone Arena on April 2, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/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