LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his first period goal with teammates Jussi Jokinen #36 and James Neal #18 against the Los Angeles Kings during the NHL game at Staples Center on January 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/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