One week into the voting for the 2017 NHL All-Star game and Alex Ovechkin has some work to do if he wants to be named captain of the Metropolitan Division team for the second season in a row.
The NHL released the top five vote-getters after one week of voting. Ovechkin sits in second behind rival Sidney Crosby.
Here are the Metropolitan Division’s top five:
- Sidney Crosby
- Alex Ovechkin
- Phil Kessel
- John Tavares
- Taylor Hall
Crosby was not selected to last season’s All-Star Game, but this year he may be hard to catch. Not normally a top goal-scorer, Crosby currently leads the NHL in goals with 17. Ovechkin, meanwhile, has only 12 to this point, good for 10th in the league.
Ovechkin was voted team captain last season, but withdrew from the game with an injury.
Here are the top five players from each of the other divisions:
- Carey Price
- Jaromir Jagr
- Shea Weber
- Jack Eichel
- Patrice Bergeron
- Patrick Kane
- P.K. Subban
- Jonathan Toews
- Patrik Laine
- Vladimir Tarasenko
- Connor McDavid
- Brent Burns
- Johnny Gaudreau
- Anze Kopitar
- Joe Thornton
Fans can vote at NHL.com/vote through Jan. 2. The game will take place on Jan. 29 in Los Angeles.
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Andre Burakovsky’s goal-less stretch now stands at 23 games—just two games shy of his longest drought last season.
Unlike last year, though, Coach Barry Trotz hasn’t scratched Burakovsky. Yet, anyway. But the warning signs are there. He’s pulled the 21-year-old off the power play and, on Tuesday, had him skating on a line with four forwards, which means one of them figures to take a seat in the press box Wednesday night.
I think I’m playing better overall than I did last year. I remember at this point last year, I didn’t really have any confidence in myself. I didn’t believe in myself at all at this point last year. I do [now]. I’m feeling good with the puck. I’m creating, I’m skating. I’m trying to do what I’m good at. But sometimes it’s just everything goes against you. It’s just how it is. It’s reality. Every game can’t be the way you want it to be or the game would be easy, right? I just have to keep grinding through it and eventually it’s going to come.
Burakovsky hasn’t lost confidence in himself. But the question as the Caps prepare to host the surging Bruins, it seems, is whether Trotz has lost faith in the youngster—even if just temporarily.