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Illness forces Crosby to miss All-Star Skills, expects to play in game

Pittsburgh Penguins v Toronto Maple Leafs

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 18: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on October 18, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Penguins defeated the Maple Leafs 3-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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The NHL announced that Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby will not participate in Friday’s NHL All-Star Skills (8 p.m. ET NBCSN) due to an illness. Despite his absence on Friday night he is still expected to play in Saturday’s game for the Metropolitan Division team where he will be joined by his Pittsburgh teammate Kris Letang.

Crosby has appeared in 45 games this season for the Penguins, having scored 21 goals to go with 36 assists giving him 57 points on the season.

He is on track for what would be his best offensive season since the 2013-14 campaign when he won his most recent scoring title.

While Crosby has been one of the league’s best players from the moment he arrived this is only the fourth All-Star weekend he has taken part in during his career. He missed several due to injury and then had a couple of All-Star games fall in Olympic years when he otherwise would have played.

Coverage of the NHL Skills begins at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN and will be followed by a TV special hosted by Nashville Predators defender P.K. Subban.

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Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.