Nicklas Backstrom was out on the ice with Group ‘A’ for the entire session, which lasted nearly 90 minutes. Backstrom did all of the non-contact drills and all of the conditioning at the end. He said his ankle feels a lot better than it did a few days ago. It was sore this morning, but he’s happy with the progress. Bruce Boudreau said yesterday that he expects to hold Backstrom out of the scrimmages the next couple of days, and Backstrom seemed inclined to agree.