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The Buffalo Sabres' Ryan Miller hasn't won since shutting out the Florida Panthers last week.

After getting a day off, it seems likely he'll be back in goal Saturday night as Buffalo seeks a fourth straight victory over the Panthers.

Miller has surrendered six goals on 48 shots in losing two games since making 22 saves in a 3-0 win over Florida on Oct. 20. He has been in net for the last three meetings with the Panthers, posting a 1.30 goals-against average in winning each.

The 2010 Vezina Trophy winner has gone 11-4-0 with a 2.21 GAA and two shutouts in his last 15 starts in the series, and the Sabres are 12-5-0 in their last 17 meetings with Florida.

Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff rested Miller for the second time this season Thursday and backup Jhonas Enroth came up with a strong performance, stopping 41 shots in a 4-2 victory.

Jason Pominville had two goals and an assist for the Sabres, who finally got their power play on track.

Buffalo (6-3-0) scored on two of three power-play chances, getting goals from with Pominville and Brad Boyes, after the team had gone 1 of 17 with the man advantage in its previous six games.

"We went out early yesterday with the coaching staff and talked about it and figured stuff out,'' said Boyes, who has recorded a goal and an assist in each of the last two games. "All five guys on the power play have to be cohesive, and we did that.''

They'll try to replicate it against a Florida team that killed off both penalties in a 4-3 loss to Ottawa on Thursday. The club surrendered at least one power-play goal in each of its previous five games.

The Panthers (5-4-0) appeared to have a good chance of earning at least a point against the Senators, as Kris Versteeg tied the score at 3 with 47.1 seconds remaining with his team-leading fifth goal. Ottawa's Nick Foligno got the winner with 2.5 seconds left, however, banging in the rebound of Daniel Alfredsson's slap shot.

"There's some lessons to be learned," coach Kevin Dineen said. "At the end of the day it was a sloppy play by us, but I don't see that being a defining moment of our season."

Dineen didn't announce his starting goaltender for the Buffalo game afterward.

Rookie backup Jacob Markstrom made his second straight start Thursday and stopped 34 shots. He made 40 saves in a 2-1 win over Montreal on Monday.

Jose Theodore hasn't played since leaving his start against the New York Islanders last Saturday with a lower-body injury. He stopped 35 shots against the Sabres last week.

Pominville had a goal and two assists in that game, and has three goals and six assists in the last four meetings.

Thomas Vanek, who had three assists Thursday, had a pair of goals in last week's matchup with Florida.

Tagged: Sabres, Senators, Panthers, Jason Pominville, Ryan Miller

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