GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 01: Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets makes a save on the shot as Lauri Korpikoski #28 of the Phoenix Coyotes battles for position with Mark Stuart #5 during the first period of the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on April 1, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/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