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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom skates, says he’s ‘improving a lot’ (updated)

Update, 1:20 p.m.: Backstrom spoke with the Capitals’ Mike Vogel after he skated.

“I’m improving a lot and I don’t have the same feeling I had when I first got the hit,” Backstrom said, adding that the improvement of his concussion symptoms feels like “day and night.”

Check out the video with more of Backstrom’s comments below:

Update, 12:36 p.m.: Although Backstrom didn’t speak, Mike Green did chat about murky process of returning from a concussion.

 “It was good to see him out there skating [because] that means he’s doing well,” said the defenseman, who has battled concussions during his career. But “there’s a gray area. Sometimes when you’re coming back, you don’t know if you’re fatigued or out of shape, or if it’s still your head. It’s tough to tell.”

 “I just hope he doesn’t have any symptoms and he can start working hard and getting back in the lineup,” Green added.

 Update, 11:50 a.m.: Backstrom reported feeling “good” after the skate, according to a team spokesman. He is expected to skate again tomorrow ahead of the full team practice.

Original post: Nicklas Backstrom, who has been sidelined since Jan. 7 with a concussion, skated at KCI this morning for about 20 minutes.

The first-line center donned full equipment and glided around the rink, occasionally stickhandling. He also snapped several medium-effort shots at the net.

Backstrom also skated Tuesday at the team’s headquarters in Arlington while the Capitals were in New York to face the Islanders. I was also told that he skated lightly in recent days while home in Sweden.

There’s no timetable on his return, and he’s not expected to speak to reporters today.

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