BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 04: Zenon Konopka #24 of the Buffalo Sabres gets a fist bump from Mike Weber (R) as they head to the ice to warm up for their game against the New Jersey Devils on January 4, 2014 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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