Sport Crosby doesn't expect All-Star nod

21:20  10 january  2018
21:20  10 january  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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If Sidney Crosby were in charge of naming the NHL All - Stars he would leave himself off the Metropolitan squad. Instead, Crosby feels the team's leading scorer - Phil Kessel - is more deserving of the nod . "I mean …

The 30-year-old told The Pittsburgh-Post Gazette he doesn ' t feel he's earned an All - Star nod despite posting 15 goals and 43 points in 44 games this season. “I don’ t expect to be there, to be honest with you,” Crosby said.

a hockey game in the snow© Matt Kincaid / Getty Images Sport / Getty If Sidney Crosby were in charge of naming the NHL All-Stars he would leave himself off the Metropolitan squad.

The Pittsburgh Penguins captain recently spoke about the potential of playing at this year's installment of the 3-on-3 tournament, frankly stating he doesn't feel he's played well enough to earn an invitation.

"I don't expect to be there, to be honest with you," Crosby said, according to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I haven’t even thought about it. I don't feel like I've had an All-Star first half."

While Crosby might be critical of himself, he has been far from awful this season. The 30-year-old has tallied 43 points in 44 games, good enough for second on the Penguins.

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Instead, Crosby feels that the team's leading scorer - Phil Kessel - is more deserving of the nod.

"I mean … Phil’s had a really good first half," Crosby said. "There’s been a lot of guys within our division that have had some great first halves here so far: Tavares, Bailey, and Ovechkin. These guys are all right at the top of the scoring race. I haven't given it any thought, only because of that. I just don't expect to be going."

Crosby has been named to the All-Star Game six times during his career, but played in just two, having missed the event in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2015 due to injury.

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