Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks - Game Three
SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 05: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks reacts after drawing a slashing penalty from Dan Hamhuis #2 of the Vancouver Canucks in the first period of Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 5, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/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