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Ryan Miller may be providing a spark for the NHL-worst Buffalo Sabres at home, but he's not expected to get a chance to carry that success onto the road.

With Jhonas Enroth scheduled to spell Miller, the Sabres will try to win on the road for the first time in almost two months Tuesday night against the Winnipeg Jets.

Miller is 5-1-1 with a 1.65 goals-against average over his last seven games, and all of those victories have come at home behind a 1.34 GAA and .962 save percentage.

The 2010 Vezina Trophy winner was fantastic again Sunday, making a season-high 49 saves before turning aside all six shootout attempts in a 2-1 win over Washington. That's expected to be Miller's final performance before the United States roster for the Olympics is revealed Wednesday.

"You have to project further out and we need Jhonas to be ready," Miller told the team's official website of his scheduled day off. "And it's an Olympic year. We're factoring in the possibility of more travel and playing time for maybe both of us. The idea is to balance it out a little more."

Enroth, a likely selection for Sweden at Sochi, hasn't been nearly as effective as his teammate. He's 0-5-2 with a 2.87 GAA in eight games - seven starts - since making 44 saves in a 3-1 win at Florida on Oct. 25.

Interim coach Ted Nolan, though, isn't putting much blame on Enroth.

"If you look at the goaltending we have, we have pretty good goaltending," he said. "So if we play honestly in front of them, we'll have good chances (to win)."

Buffalo hasn't done that on the road since beating San Jose 5-4 in a shootout on Nov. 5. Since then, the Sabres have been outscored 30-12 during a nine-game skid (0-7-2) away from home.

Visiting Winnipeg (18-18-5) may not end their troubles, either.

The Sabres have lost four in a row on the road to the Jets, including all three meetings in Winnipeg after they relocated from Atlanta. However, Buffalo rallied with four unanswered goals to beat the Jets 4-2 at home Dec. 17.

Enroth has a 2.00 GAA while losing both of his meetings, but this will be his first appearance at MTS Centre.

The Jets are aiming for a three-game winning streak and some consistency.

Blake Wheeler came up with the heroics Sunday, scoring with 1.1 seconds left in overtime for a 2-1 win at Colorado. That came two days after Winnipeg beat Minnesota 6-4 following a 2-5-1 stretch that included the defeat at Buffalo.

"I think we've definitely learned from the past that we're going to treat every game as if we're going to play the best team in the league," left wing Eric Tangradi said. "We know that if we don't play our best game, we're not going to win hockey games in this league.

"We have to play a full 60 minutes."

Another big performance from Wheeler would also help.

The right wing's 10 goals are among the league leaders for this month, and he's scored seven of them in four straight games at home. A goal Tuesday would make him the first Jets/Thrashers player to score in five straight home games since Slava Kozlov did it with Atlanta from March 16-April 1, 2009.

Wheeler has one goal in each of his last two home meetings with the Sabres, but came up empty on two shots at Buffalo earlier this month.

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