NHL announces statistical website overhaul that helps bring advanced analytics into mainstream

The NHL's fancy stats are going mainstream.

The league announced Friday it is overhauling the statistics on its website to include advanced metrics.

The multiyear partnership with software and database company SAP eventually will include searchable statistics back to the league's inaugural season in 1917-18.

There will be 45 enhanced statistics that have grown increasingly popular in recent years by those in search of advanced metrics to measure possession and other facets of the game beyond goals and assists.

The overhaul will be done in four phases, a process that started Friday with the addition of advanced statistics to the league's website.