MacKinnon leading Kaprizov for NHL All-Star fan vote in Central

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The race between Nathan MacKinnon and Kirill Kaprizov to be the captain of the Central Division team for the 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Game remains tight. 

MacKinnon, a center for the Colorado Avalanche, has received 13.5 percent of the votes in the 2022 NHL All-Star Fan Vote from the Central.

Kaprizov, a forward for the Minnesota Wild, has 9.9 percent. He is fifth 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 Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin in the Metropolitan Division (30.4 percent), Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid in the Pacific (29.3 percent) and Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews in the Atlantic (17.2 percent).

Fans can vote for one player from each division without regard to position. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 8, with the top vote-getters by division named All-Stars and captains. Once captains are selected, NHL Hockey Operations will name the remaining rosters. Each team in each division will be represented by at least one player.

The 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from Feb. 4-6, will consist of a three-game tournament played in a 3-on-3 format, featuring one team from each of the four divisions.

Ovechkin has pulled into the overall lead in share of all votes cast (7.7 percent), ahead of McDavid (7.3 percent). Washington’s captain leads 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 New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin (4.9 percent) and his teammates, defenseman Adam Fox (4.9 percent) and forward Chris Kreider (3.6 percent).

McDavid has a commanding lead in the Pacific Division on teammate Leon Draisaitl (11.2 percent). They are tied atop the NHL with 49 points each; McDavid has 17 goals and 32 assists, and Draisaitl has scored an NHL-leading 23 goals with 26 assists. Behind the Oilers forwards are 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 Vancouver Canucks forward J.T. Miller (3.4 percent).

In the Atlantic, 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 votes. Matthews is tied for seventh 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 goalie Jack Campbell (5.4 percent) and Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk (4.3 percent) are next in line.

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