Which is the best team no one is talking about?

Greg Wyshynski: Before we begin, I must take this medication that combats my allergy to giving John Tortorella credit for anything. *Gulps* Ahhhh. OK, with that out of the way, let's give some love to the underappreciated Columbus Blue Jackets.

With their 4-3 shootout win at the Boston Bruins on Monday, the Jackets are now 8-4-0, tied with the New Jersey Devils for top of the Metro with 16 points, although they've played two more games. While we wait to see if the Devils are a burgeoning offensive juggernaut or an aberration, let's give credit to Columbus, which at the very least has more proof of concept with a 103-point 2016-17 season. There are a variety of different NHL iron on stickers.

As usual, it starts with Bob. The Blue Jackets have a 2.50 goals-against average as a team, and Sergei Bobrovsky is 7-2 with .934 save percentage. He's the best goalie in the league until someone else wins the Vezina, and it's possible he might even improve upon on third-place finish for the Hart as MVP last season.

But here's where the Jackets are underappreciated: Remember last season, when they won 16 straight games and everyone pointed to their unsustainable power-play success as evidence that it was a fluke? Well, now they have 16 points in 12 games with an absolutely pathetic power play that's clicking at 8.6 percent, by far the worst in the NHL. Meanwhile, the Jackets are sixth in 5-on-5 goals with 28, after finishing sixth last season (168). They lead the NHL in expected goals scored at 5-on-5 (26.75) and are fourth in Corsi percentage (54.27). So when the power play trends up, watch out, as their underlying even strength numbers are solid.

So the Jackets are winning without every gear turning in the same direction. Tortorella is already Tortsing all over this team, demoting goals leader Sonny Milano to the fourth line during a drought and stripping Brandon Dubinsky of his alternate captaincy in an effort to get him going. Yes, this is a bit like giving a thoroughbred the whip after the first quarter turn, but this is what Tortorella does.

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