MONTREAL, CANADA - APRIL 18: Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens takes a shot on goaltender Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning as Sami Salo #6 of the Lightning defends during an NHL game on April 18, 2013 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/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