Alex Ovechkin, Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Nathan MacKinnon have led the race to be named captain of their respective teams for the 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Game wire to wire, with voting in its final week before ending at 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday.
[RELATED: All-Star Fan Vote ballot]
Ovechkin, a forward for the Washington Capitals, has received 30.5 percent of the votes in the 2022 NHL All-Star Fan Vote from the Metropolitan Division and 7.7 percent of total votes. He’s followed by McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers in the Pacific Division (28.7 percent, 7.2 percent total votes), Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Atlantic Division (16.9 percent, 4.2 percent total votes) and MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche from the Central Division (13.9 percent, 3.5 percent total votes).
[RELATED: More 2022 Honda NHL All-Star coverage]
Rosters for the 2022 All-Star Game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will be unveiled Jan. 13 during the 6 p.m. ET airing of “SportsCenter,” leading into ESPN’s telecast of the Philadelphia Flyers at the Boston Bruins. Fans can vote for one player from each division without regard to position, with the top vote-getters in each division named to the All-Star Game and captain. 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 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 is dominating voting in the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals captain leads Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (14.1 percent) and Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho (6.9 percent). His 24 goals this season are second in the NHL behind Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (25), and his 50 points are third behind McDavid (53) and Draisaitl (52). Ovechkin is 12 goals from tying Jaromir Jagr (766) for third in NHL history.
Draisaitl (11.1 percent) is second to McDavid in Pacific voting, followed by Anaheim Ducks rookie forward Trevor Zegras (6.8 percent) and Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk (3.9 percent). Zegras’ 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) in 30 games are second among NHL rookies to Lucas Raymond of the Detroit Red Wings (28 points).
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (11.0 percent) trails Matthews in the Atlantic Division, followed by Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins (7.4 percent). Stamkos leads the Lightning with 16 goals and 39 points in 33 games.
MacKinnon’s lead on Minnesota Wild forward Kirill Kaprizov (10.2 percent) in the Central is the closest among all division voting. Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche, who leads NHL defensemen with 13 goals in 24 games, is third with 8.3 percent.