TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 12: B.J. Crombeen #19 and Alex Killorn #17 of the Tampa Bay Lightning share a laugh during pre-game skate against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Times Forum on October 12, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/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