It’s an insanely small sample size.

Three games out of 83. 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 the scoreboard but they won all three in the faceoff circle.

So what? Big deal?

It just might be.

If the numbers stay the same through the first eight to 10 games it would make a statement which should eventually be reflected in the standings.

“Night after night if you start to go with the averages if you are constantly winning faceoffs …

“I just think that turns into you have the puck more. Your shot share is up. It just turns into more offence. And when you have the puck it pretty hard for the other team to score” said Eakins.

“We want to continue that. Those faceoffs are key. Especially the ones deep in the zones. In your D zone you want to have it. In the offensive zone you want to have it — boy you love to start with it.”

Small sample most certainly. But if it’s any kind of indicator at all this is outhouse-to-penthouse sort of stuff in a rather relevant category.

Last year when the Oilers finished 24th overall they were dead last in the league — 30th at 46.1% taking faceoffs.

Two years ago when they finished 29th overall Edmonton ended up 27th in the league in the faceoff circle at 47.7%.

Three years ago in finishing 30th in the league the Oilers were also absolute rock bottom on the dot — 30th with 44.2%.

Four seasons back the Oilers were 30th in the standings and a league-lousiest 30th in faceoffs at 46.4%.

But small sample though it is look at it down the lineup.

In defeating New Jersey Mark Arcobello (eight for 10) was 80% Boyd Gordon (18 for 26) was 69% Will Acton (6 for 9) was 67% and notoriously ineffective Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (11 for 22) was 50% a figure he didn’t hit on many nights in his first two years batting 41% on the dot.

Everybody had a good night.

How many nights did that happen in the last four years?

Next to none.

“It’s a thing that I really believe is contagious” said Eakins.