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BODGER, CURRAN STUCK ON BENCH AFTER SUFFERING SHOULDER INJURIES

Injured shoulders kept defensemen Doug Bodger and Brian Curran out of Saturday night's game against the New Jersey Devils.

Head trainer Jim Pizzutelli said both players are scheduled to undergo further medical examination today.

Bodger and Curran suffered their injuries during Friday night's 5-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Memorial Auditorium. Curran sustained an injury to his right shoulder in the first period, while Bodger hurt his left shoulder in the third period.

Bodger had a goal and five assists in his last seven games. Curran still is looking for his first point since coming to Buffalo along with Lou Franceschetti in the Dec. 17 trade that sent Mike Foligno to Toronto.

The Sabres dressed Grant Ledyard and rookie Greg Brown in place of Bodger and Curran.

Brown's start was his first since Dec. 16. The rookie from Boston College had compiled a minus-14 rating, lowest on the team. The start allowed Brown to make his first professional appearance against his brother, Devils right wing Doug Brown.
The Sabres again scratched forwards Jiri Sejba and John Tucker. The Devils did not dress defenseman Tommy Albelin and left wing Pat Conacher.
The Sabres return to the Aud Monday night for their annual New Year's Eve game. The Philadelphia Flyers will be the opposition.
Friday's game against Chicago was the second straight in which Dave Andreychuk, Dale Hawerchuk and Pierre Turgeon were held without a shot. . . . The Sabres have completed the "away" portion of their season series with the Devils. New Jersey won, 5-1 at Brendan Byrne Arena Oct. 25. The teams will meet at Buffalo March 6.

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