DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 26: Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Detroit Red Wings grabs his purple taped stick in honor of Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness night before an NHL game against the New York Rangers at Joe Louis Arena on October 26, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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