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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

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Ryan Miller is still sore about the hit that sidelined him indefinitely.

Jhonas Enroth is trying to continue softening the blow for the Buffalo Sabres.

Enroth should be in net looking to win a seventh consecutive start Wednesday night as the Sabres seek to defeat the New Jersey Devils for a fourth straight time.

Miller suffered a concussion on a hit by Boston's Milan Lucic in Saturday's 6-2 loss. The collision sent Miller's mask flying, and has sidelined the 2010 Vezina Trophy winner indefinitely.

He called Lucic "gutless" after the game, and that anger may have only grown when NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan deemed the hit wasn't worthy of a suspension.

"I'm not going to be happy about it, but I'm not going to speak out against it," Miller said. "We're going to move forward and we're going to play some hockey. And hopefully, I'm playing hockey sooner than later."

For now, Enroth will continue to get the bulk of the work since he's being backed up by Drew MacIntyre, who has two games of NHL experience in relief for Vancouver during the 2007-08 season.

Buffalo may not miss a beat with Enroth, who has won all six of his starts this season and has a 1.76 goal-against average and .942 save percentage in eight total appearance. He made 25 saves through overtime and two more in a shootout as the Sabres (11-6-0) responded to the loss to the Bruins with a 3-2 win over Montreal on Monday.

Thomas Vanek, who leads the Sabres with 11 goals and 22 points, had two assists Monday and scored during the shootout.

He has three goals and three assists in his last four games overall, and five points in his last five meetings with the Devils (8-7-1).

Enroth earned one of Buffalo's three straight victories over New Jersey, making 28 saves before adding two more in a shootout of a 5-4 road win Nov. 10, 2010.

Defenseman Tyler Myers, the 2010 Calder Trophy winner, had three points in that contest. However, the defenseman is currently struggling. He has four assists on the season, has been plagued by sloppy play and was a healthy scratch against the Canadiens.

New Jersey has split the first two stops on a five-game road trip, losing 4-3 to the Bruins on Tuesday after surrendering three goals in the third period.

"We've got to be able to seize control and play with a little more composure," coach Peter DeBoer said. "Overall, this year we've done a pretty good job of that. But (Tuesday) we got exposed by a veteran team in the third."

Nick Palmieri had two goals against Boston after netting just one in the season's first 15 games.

Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk has missed five games with a lower-body injury, and it's uncertain when he'll return. He has nine points, but hasn't scored a goal in his last seven games.

Kovalchuk has four goals in his last four games at Buffalo but failed to register a point in New Jersey's last visit, a 2-0 loss March 26 in which Miller made 30 saves for the shutout.

The Sabres recalled forward Corey Tropp from the minors to fill in for injured center Cody McCormick. Tropp rejoins the Sabres a week after making his NHL debut, in which he had a goal and assist in four games.

2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 14 '12NJD 4 at BUF 1P. Sykora
Jan 24 '12BUF 2 at NJD 1 - SON. Gerbe
Dec 28 '11BUF 1 at NJD 3P. Sykora
Nov 16 '11NJD 5 at BUF 3P. Elias
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
P. Elias1771017+1821
Z. Parise176410-2610
A. Henrique144610+3002
I. Kovalchuk123710-4221
D. Zubrus17459-1411
P. Sykora17369+01600
D. Clarkson17617-44110
M. Fayne17336+2600
N. Palmieri17336-41200
A. Greene15066+3200
A. Larsson17123-3800
M. Tedenby16033-3400
B. Salvador17022-3200
A. Volchenkov17022-7800
R. Carter17101-61400
H. Tallinder17011-5400
B. Mills17011-61100
J. Josefson5011+1200
C. Janssen14000-2900
R. Pelley6000+0200
E. Boulton4000-11900
V. Zharkov4000-2000
M. Fraser2000-1900
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Hedberg116-4-1273152.45.914
M. Brodeur73-3-0191653.02.885
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
T. Vanek18111223+42053
J. Pominville1871522+2220
D. Roy186814-11220
L. Adam185813-3600
D. Stafford184711-11811
N. Gerbe183710+51401
C. Ehrhoff181910-4800
B. Boyes18257+1010
J. Leopold18426+3600
T. Myers17246-31010
M. Gragnani16156+5210
V. Leino18235-4201
P. Gaustad18145+32601
A. Sekera18134+6800
M. Ellis11123+0001
C. Tropp5112+1000
C. McCormick17022-32400
P. Kaleta14101-43201
R. Regehr18000-21200
T. Ennis7000+2200
M. Weber3000-5700
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Enroth96-1-0182422.19.926
R. Miller115-6-0283082.86.909
D. MacIntyre10-0-0020.001.000