The Capitals thank thier fans after beating Florida, 5-2, in the regular-season home finale. (Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST)

--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.

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