Caps' struggles ring a familiar theme

Updated: May 2, 2011, 7:55 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

ARLINGTON, Va. -- For all the talk of change that has dominated discussion of the Washington Capitals for the past six months, there is more than a little sense of "here we go again" surrounding the top team in the Eastern Conference.

Oh, there has been change; that much is certain. And maybe those changes -- the maturity, the attention to defensive details, the coaching acumen -- will break the spiral in which the team currently finds itself.

But as the Capitals prepare ...

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