GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 14: Zbynek Michalek #4, Oliver Ekman-Larsson #23 and goaltender Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes stand attended for the National Anthem before the NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Jobing.com Arena on December 14, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/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