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SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:12 AM ET

 They've been there.

 They've done that.

  Now, they need to do it again.

 The Calgary Flames are no strangers to the predicament they find themselves in: A series that comes down to a best-of-three affair with the opposition holding the hammer of home-ice advantage.

 They took a similar road through the opening round, winning both of their final road games to win the series against Vancouver.

 Because they've gone through it all before, the Flames no longer have to believe they can do it.

 They know they can do it.

 "We just did this last week or whenever it was," says defenceman Mike Commodore.

 "We can fall back on what happened last series and build off that.

 "It's turning into a real similar series as the Vancouver one. Win one, lose one, win one, lose one.

 "But we're going to have to take at least one out of Detroit."

 Blueliner Andrew Ference agrees their first-round triumph should give them the mental assurance they need to win the mini-series.

 "It helps in the sense the guys here know what kind of pressures are going to be applied during the game," Ference says. "Everyone's been through it together and you know how your teammates are going to respond because it was such a positive (experience) in the Vancouver series."

 Just as it was in the opening round, home ice has meant little in terms of wins and losses. Against the Canucks, the Flames secured three of their four wins in Vancouver.

 This series, both teams have earned splits in the opposition's barn.

 Winger Shean Donovan says while the Flames obviously prefer to play in front of the rabid Sea of Red, they won't panic in the face of Motor City madness.

 "Our record shows we play the same on the road as at home," Donovan says. "We've got a young team but we have a lot of composure."

 No team wants to head into a game knowing it could be its last but that'll be the fate awaiting today's loser when the teams return to Calgary for Game 6 Monday.

 D-man Robyn Regehr wants no part of a date with the executioner in two days time.

 "It's all about preparation and being ready to go," the 24-year-old says. "We need to take advantage of the situation we're in. You can't be saying woulda, shoulda, coulda."


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