WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: Joel Ward #42 of the Washington Capitals slides the puck between the legs of Jason Garrison #5 of the Vancouver Canucks for a first period goal at Verizon Center on March 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/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