Drew Stafford understands the fascination with Jhonas Enroth. He knows why folks are intrigued by the Sabres' rookie goaltender, a rising prospect who is 10-2-2 since the start of last season.

Still, as Stafford watched Ryan Miller absolutely steal Tuesday's 3-1 victory in Montreal with a 40-save performance, the right winger had no doubt who remains Buffalo's No. 1 netminder.

"You guys are going to get the story with Jhonas, the new story," Stafford said with a knowing smile. "You need new stuff, and he's playing great. It's hard to say Millsie is old news, but it is.

"You know in games like [Tuesday] he's going to bail us out when we need him. That's just the kind of goalie that he is. That's the kind of player he is. He's the backbone of this team, and when he's going we can feed off that."

Miller is expected to key the Sabres' attempt to improve to 5-1 tonight when they visit the Florida Panthers in BankAtlantic Center. He is 3-1 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .942 save percentage, dynamic early numbers that have him back on pace with his Vezina Trophy season of 2009-10.