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Schmidt ready to face former team with Golden Knights in Cup Final

Schmidt ready to face former team with Golden Knights in Cup Final
Published On: Fri, May 25
Apr 10, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Anaheim Ducks defenseman Shea Theodore (53) skates with the puck as Washington Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt (88) defends in the second period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Vegas Golden Knights are excited to be playing in the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season, but no player will be forced to talk about it more than defenseman Nate Schmidt.

Schmidt was selected by the Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft from the Washington Capitals, who will play Vegas in the Final after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday.

Game 1 is at Vegas on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

"It's a pretty cool situation," Schmidt said. "Given everything that's happened ... I don't really know how to describe how I feel about it. This is Vegas, you could probably make a prop bet, but I don't know what the odds would've been on that."

Vegas' season has been predicated on players making the most of their increased roles. Schmidt is no exception.

Last season with the Capitals, he averaged 15:29 of ice time and was a healthy scratch 22 times. With the Golden Knights this season, he had an NHL career high in goals (five), assists (31) and points (36) and led Vegas with 22:14 of ice time playing with Brayden McNabb on first defense pair.A 

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