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Flames forward California dreaming

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:07 AM ET

Seven days is a long time to leave home, but Curtis Glencross could see a bright side to getting away Saturday afternoon.

“I can’t wait to get on the plane so I can sleep,” said the new father. “It will be lights out right when I get in my seat.”

While the tight playoff race may be keeping some Calgary Flames fans up at night, Glencross is getting up to help wife Tanya with their new daughter, who was born Monday.

Glencross said the first night at home was a rough one as he and his wife would jump at any little sound coming from the baby.

But the left-winger was happy to report he recorded a full five hours Friday night as the little one has started to get into a routine at home.

Leaving the family behind is tough on Glencross, but it will almost be more relaxing because he can rest his mind when not at the rink.

“Seven days … she will have changed a lot by the time I get home,” Glencross said.

“I guess that’s part of my job. I have to go and do my work and spend time with her when I get home.”

Despite the new arrival during the most hectic part of the NHL schedule, Glencross is still beaming about the addition to his family.

“She’s awesome,” Glencross said proudly. “Everyone tells me — the guys who have kids already — that it’s the most unbelievable thing when it happens to you.

“You really don’t realize what it means until you have one of your own. It’s really cool.”

That’s just Ducky

The Flames actually arrive in Anaheim ahead of the Ducks, who played the state rival Los Angeles Kings Saturday night.

After a day off and a travel day, the Flames can relax and watch the Ducks battle it out and hope to take advantage Sunday.

“It’s happened to us a lot this year, so I’m not going to feel sorry for anybody,” said Flames head coach Brent Sutter. “I’m just hoping it gets settled in regulation.”

Scoreboard watching is fun during this playoff chase, but it’s tense knowing two teams can gain ground during one game.

At least the coaching staff can kill two birds with one stone by scouting the next two opponents in one fell swoop.

One thing is certain. The Pacific Division battle should wear out the Ducks a bit.

“If the (Kings) could take out five players and injure the goalies … it might be nice,” said Flames winger Alex Tanguay with a laugh. “It’s a game where both teams will play hard. The only thing we don’t want to see is overtime.”

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Flames right-winger Tim Jackman missed practice Saturday morning at Max Bell Centre due to the flu, but Sutter expects the grinder to be in the lineup Sunday against Anaheim.


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