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Phil Kessel leaves practice after not feeling well in 'one area of body'

Phil Kessel had to leave practice early on Wednesday. All we know is one part of his body wasn't feeling well.

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If there is one thing NHL coaches do exceptionally well, it's give vague updates about potentially injured players.

Everybody already knows about the always popular upper and lower body injuries, but there is also the rarely used -- but always descriptive -- "body injury."

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle created another one on Wednesday when he revealed to the media that star winger Phil Kessel had to leave practice early because he was not feeling well "in one area of his body."

Thanks, coach.

There has been some speculation over the past few weeks that Kessel may be covering up a wrist injury and was even spotted with his right wrist taped up during a game (in earlier games it was not taped). There was also stretch in mid-November where his ice-time was down quite a bit, but he's been back up over 20 minutes in each of Toronto's past four games.

If he is covering up an injury it hasn't exactly slowed him down when it comes to production as he's scored a goal in three of Toronto's past four games and has 25 points (15 goals, 10 assists) in 28 games this season.

The Maple Leafs are going to need him as they're entering a brutal stretch of games on their schedule and have been struggling to win games over the past month. They're already playing without winger Joffrey Lupul who is dealing with a groin injury. Lupul was at practice on Wednesday but like Kessel also had to leave early.

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