RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 07: Elias Lindholm #16 of the Carolina Hurricanes participates in warmups prior to an NHL game against the Florida Panthers at PNC Arena on February 7, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is the first of back-to-back games the Hurricanes have at home prior to the Olympic break. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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