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Thursday, February 6th (All times Eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (15-33-8) at Ottawa Senators (25-21-11), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Buffalo Sabres have managed just four goals over a three-game losing streak.

That is still more than they have in three previous meetings with the Ottawa Senators this season.

Buffalo aims to get its offense on track Thursday night when the club visits Ottawa for its final game before the Olympic break.

The Sabres sit last in the NHL with just 1.82 goals per game, well behind the next closest team in the Los Angeles Kings, who are netting an average of 2.26 goals per contest.

Buffalo has done little to boost its offensive numbers on a three-game slide, getting outscored 15-4.

Drew Stafford scored 5:58 into last night's meeting with Pittsburgh, but it was all Penguins from there as the Sabres suffered a 5-1 setback. Ryan Miller was charged with all five goals allowed on 34 shots, but his coach deflected the blame off his netminder.

"That had nothing to do with Ryan tonight," Sabres head coach Ted Nolan said. "It was the guys in front of him."

Buffalo played without defenseman Tyler Myers, who sat out with a lower-body injury. It is unknown if he will return tonight in the Sabres' last game before going on hiatus for the 2014 Olympic Games.

The Sabres will try to go into the break on a positive note following their final regular season meeting with the Senators this campaign.

The two clubs have combined for just five non-shootout goals in the previous three meetings, with the Senators winning twice. Ottawa has taken eight of the last 11 encounters overall as well as three straight and four of the last five played at home.

Ennis has one of two goals scored by the Sabres versus the Sens this season, while Miller has gone 1-2-0 while posting a 1.32 goals against average.

Stafford, who has five goals and seven points in his last six games played, leads Buffalo with 24 points (6 goals, 18 assists) in 39 career games against Ottawa. He has scored in back-to-back games since missing four straight with an upper-body injury.

Kyle Turris has notched three assists for the Senators versus the Sabres this season, while Craig Anderson has been in net for both wins. He has allowed one goal on 76 shots for a 0.50 GAA and .967 save percentage.

Anderson may start tonight after Robin Lehner came up with 46 saves in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues.

Ottawa trailed 3-1 going into the third period before Turris, Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza scored during a 2:35 span, but the Blues did counter with a game-tying goal with 8:52 left in regulation.

Turris then came through with the winner in the fifth round of the shootout, salvaging the finale of a three-game road trip.

"To have the response we did in the third, to come out and not only tie it up but get the lead and force it to go into overtime, to get the two points like we did in a tough building to play in against a very good team is huge," Turris said.

Spezza added two assists, Erik Karlsson scored and Michalek ended a 13-game goal drought.

Ottawa, which plays in Boston on Saturday, is one point back of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.

02/06 11:15:22 ET

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LAC 35
 
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POR 29
 
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LSU 61
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UWMIL 38
 
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