The race between Nathan MacKinnon and Kirill Kaprizov being captain of the Central Division team for the Honda NHL All-Star Game in 2022 is still tight.
MacKinnon, a center for the Colorado Avalanche, has received 13.5 percent of the vote in the 2022 NHL All-Star Fan Vote from Central.
Kaprizov, a forward for the Minnesota Wild, has 9.9 percent. He is number five in the NHL with 36 points (12 goals, 24 assists) in 30 games. MacKinnon has scored 24 points (three goals, 21 assists) in 17 games.
The other leaders are Washington Capital’s forward Alex Ovechkin in the Metropolitan Division (30.4 percent), Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid in the Pacific (29.3 percent) and the Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews in the Atlantic (17.2 percent).
Fans can vote for one player from each division regardless of position. Voting ends at 23:59 ET on January 8, with the best voice catchers by division named All-Stars and captains. Once captains are selected, NHL Hockey Operations will name the remaining lists. Each team in each division will be represented by at least one player.
2022 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from 4-6 p.m. February, will consist of a three-game tournament played in a 3-on-3 format, with a team from each of the four divisions.
Ovechkin has pulled in the overall lead in the share of all votes cast (7.7 percent) ahead of McDavid (7.3 percent). Washington’s captain heads the Pittsburgh Penguins Center Sidney Crosby (13.9 percent) in the Metropolitan Division race and is third in the NHL with 47 points (22 goals, 25 assists). Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho | is third (6.9 percent), followed by the New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin (4.9 percent) and his teammates, defender Adam Fox (4.9 percent) and onwards Chris Kreider (3.6 percent).
McDavid has a senior division in the Pacific Division on teammate Leon Draisitl (11.2 percent). They are at the top of the NHL with 49 points each; McDavid has 17 goals and 32 assists, and Draisaitl has scored NHL-leading 23 goals with 26 assists. Behind the Oilers strikers is the Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras (6.9 percent), Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk (3.8 percent), Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone (3.4 percent) and the Vancouver Canucks forward JT Miller (3.4 percent).
In the Atlantic Ocean, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (35 points; 14 goals, 21 assists in 29 games) is second to Matthews with 10.4 percent of the vote. Matthews is in seventh place in the NHL with 33 points (20 goals, 13 assists) in 27 games.
Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (7.2 percent), Detroit Red Wings Center Dylan Larkin (5.7 percent), Maple Leafs goalkeeper Jack Campbell (5.4 percent) and the Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk (4.3 percent) is next in line.