WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 17: John Carlson #74 celebrates with Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals after scoring a goal in the second period during an NHL game against the St. Louis Blues at Verizon Center on November 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/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