Columbus Blue Jackets v Detroit Red Wings - Game Two
DETROIT - APRIL 18: Goalie Steve Mason #1 of the Columbus Blue Jackets gets ready to start Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs while the home Detroit Red Wing fans wave their towels on April 18, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan (Photo by Dave Reginek/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