The Pittsburgh Penguins currently have the fourth best home-ice record in the NHL at 17-6-0. The Penguins also have been one of the NHL's top teams at home the past few years with a regular-season record of 69-29-4 since 2010. The Consol Energy Center is a loud building always full of energy, and it is very electric during the playoffs.
However, the Penguins are excluded from the top five because they haven't played well at home during the playoffs since their new arena opened. The Pens are 2-5 at the Consol Energy Center during the playoffs, and they will look to improve upon that this season. This year they should have a very healthy lineup so maybe their fortunes will change.
The Capitals' Verizon Center is one of the loudest arenas in the NHL, and it can be intimidating for the road team to play in. The Capitals' fanbase is known for "rocking the red" during the playoffs, and the overall atmosphere can become overwhelming. Throughout the game Sam Wolk, the Caps' horn guy, gets the crowd going by prompting cheers.Things only escalate once the Capitals score the because the building becomes absolutely deafening. During the first round the Caps will have home-ice advantage and that is something they will hope to take advantage of.
San Jose Sharks
HP Pavilion, known by fans as the Shark Tank, is a loud arena that contains many intense fans. This season the Sharks have been one of the best teams at home, and their record of 17-2-5 is one of the best in the NHL. Although the Sharks historically have not been able to get the job done in the playoffs, it is no picnic trying to steal a game at the Shark Tank.