RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 15: A member of the Carolina Hurricanes ice crew cleans the ice in front of a Hockey Fights Cancer dasher board prior to an NHL game against the Chicago Blackhawks at PNC Arena on October 15, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Carolina Hurricanes are hosting Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness night as part of the NHL and NHLPA's joint Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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