Stars’ Grossman returns after 11-game absence

Dallas Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman returned Friday night

against the Minnesota Wild after missing 11 games because of a hip

injury.

Grossman was injured Feb. 13 against Columbus.

Before the injury, Grossman was on the top defensive pair with

Stephane Robidas.

But while Grossman was out, the Stars acquired defenseman Alex

Goligoski in a trade with Pittsburgh, and Dallas coach Marc

Crawford installed Goligoski on the No. 1 duo with Robidas.

Grossman was paired with Karlis Skrastins on Friday night.