CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 31: Captain Niklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings fights off Jarome Iginla #12 in front of Detroit Goalie Chris Osgood as Cory Sarich #6 takes a shot from the point against the Calgary Flames on October 31, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/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