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Modano activated from injured reserve, expected to play

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DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Stars activated centre Mike Modano from injured reserve Tuesday, and he was expected to play in the team's game at San Jose after being sidelined for nearly two months.

Modano, who missed 23 games since Dec. 4 with a hip and groin injury, skated hard during practice Monday and said he felt good after the workout. He had 10 goals and 10 assists in 27 games before the injury.

Modano returned to practice Thursday, the day after the all-star Game in Dallas. He dropped the ceremonial first puck for the game, but didn't play.

Modano, a former No. 1 overall draft pick and the only player remaining on the Stars' roster that made the move from Minnesota to Dallas in 1993, is second in career goals and points among U.S.-born players. His 495 goals trail Joe Mullen's 502, and his 1,203 points trail Phil Housley by 29.

The Stars play at San Jose again Thursday.

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