Washington opens its postseason campaign tonight at 7:30 p.m. against the New York Rangers. That’s 12 long hours from now, so in the meantime, here’s some reading material from our 2011 NHL playoff preview:
--Philosophical differences: Spurred by December struggles, the Capitals underwent a midseason makeover in an effort to trade offensive fireworks for a more reliable defensive system.
--What have the Caps learned from last season’s disappointing playoff exit?
--On Hockey: Tarik El-Bashir explains how the Capitals can beat New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
--Mike Wise says Washington has found its leading man in Jason Arnott.
--Series breakdown: Capitals vs. Rangers
--Here are preview capsules and complete schedules of the seven other series.
--Log in at 1 p.m. to chat live about Game 1. You can submit questions here.