ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 07: Fans cheer as goalie Chris Osgood #30 of the Detroit Red Wings steps on to the ice before the game against the Anaheim Ducks in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals at Honda Center on May 7, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/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