NEW YORK -- Following are the opening-day rosters for the four clubs who launch the 2008-09 NHL regular season this weekend in Europe. Bridgestone NHL Premiere 2008 commences Saturday in Prague, Czech Republic, with the New York Rangers taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning (noon, ET), followed by the Pittsburgh Penguins facing the Ottawa Senators in Stockholm, Sweden (2:30 p.m., ET). The same teams meet at the same venues Sunday, also at noon and 2:30 p.m., ET, respectively.
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