CALGARY, AB - SEPTEMBER 25: Corban Knight #10 of the Calgary Flames crashes the net of Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes during a preseason NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on September 25, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/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