WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 07: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals takes the ice during warm ups before playing the Nashville Predators during an NHL game at the Verizon Center on December 7, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/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