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Edmonton Oilers have gone from outhouse to penthouse in face-off statistics

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, shown here lining up for a face-off against New Jersey Monday at Rexall Place,...

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, shown here lining up for a face-off against New Jersey Monday at Rexall Place, posted a solid 50% on draws for his first game back. (IAN KUCERAK/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:52 PM ET

It’s an insanely small sample size.

Three games out of 82. It’s hard to make a case that it’s a meaningful measure.

But ‘Hear ye! Hear ye!’

The Edmonton Oilers are second in the entire National Hockey League in faceoffs. They’ve won 57.5%.

Never in any three game stretch in the last four years — especially in one where they only won one game — were the Oilers 57.5% in the faceoff circle.

“It always helps to start with the puck. You’re not chasing it down,” said head coach Dallas Eakins.

How many times in the last four years have you watched the Oilers lose a faceoff on a power play and have to use up 30 seconds skating to the other end of the ice to retrieve the puck and bring it back up the ice?

Monday night the team had a 63% success rate on the faceoff dot in their colossal comeback against the New Jersey Devils from down 3-0 after two periods in winning their first game of the season.

The Oilers may have lost two of the games on th


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