NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 28: Alec Martinez #27 of the Los Angeles Kings skates in to check teammates Colin Fraser #24 and Drew Doughty #8 during warm ups against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on December 28, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/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