NHL 23 Cheats and Tips
NHL 23 Shooting and Skating controls
Before diving into the controls, we should something out very important. Much like in prior NHL games, you have three different control options: Classic NHL 94, Hybrid, and the Skill Stick. As far as this tutorial goes, we will focus on the Skill Stick controls. The reason for this is that not only is this set the recommended one, but it’s also arguably the most effective, and here’s why.
The NHL 94 controls are about as basic as you can get, while the Hybrid is a cross between the classic NHL 94 controls and the Skill Stick. The Skill Stick controls are advanced and more difficult to understand, but you will have better control of your players and can change your strategies and lines in-game. You won’t have these options at your disposal with the other two setups.
Now that we’ve gone over that let’s go over some of the controls you will need to know to skate and shoot in NHL 23. Keep in mind: these are the controls for the Skill Stick layout, which we do recommend.
|Move||XB Controls||PS Controls|
|Skating/Shot & Pass Aim||L (Any direction)||Left Stick (Any direction)|
|Hustle||LS (Press and hold)||L3 (Press and hold)|
|Glide||L (Release)||Left Stick (Release)|
|Vision Control||LT (Hold)||L2 (Hold)|
|Protect Puck||A (Hold)||X (Hold)|
|Wind Up + Shoot||R (Down) + R (Up)||Right Stick (Down) + Right Stick (Up)|
|Fake Shot||R (Down (Release))||Right Stick (Down (Release))|
|Win Faceoff||Right Stick||Right Stick|
|Desperation Shot||RT (Double Tap)||R2 (Double Tap)|
|Pass (Higher Strength)||RT (Hold)||R2 (Hold)|
|Deke (Put puck on Backhand or Forehand)||RS (Left or Right)||Right Stick (Left or Right)|
|One Touch Deke||L + LB||Left Stick + L1|
|Leg Kick||RS (Press and hold)||R3 (Press and hold)|
|Dump Puck||RB + R (Up)||R1 + Right Stick (Up)|
|Chop Puck||RS (Press and hold) + R||R3 (Press and hold) + Right Stick|
|Boardplay [Near Boards]||Y (Hold)||Triangle (Hold)|
Now that we’ve taken a look at the controls, it’s time to go over what you need to know about scoring goals. Here are a few tips that could help you out in NHL 23.
Work on cycling
It’s important to work on that cycle game in NHL 23. Moving the puck around can be very useful against players who love to be aggressive with their user and don’t stay in one position. Successful cycling includes passing the puck around the boards, finding players open in space, and working the opposing team in order to move the puck into high-danger scoring areas, like the front of the net.
Don’t fall in love with one-timers
Don’t get us wrong, one-timers do work. But here’s the thing: you can’t fall in love with this kind of shot.
For those who may be unaware, a one-timer is a play in which the shooter releases the puck immediately after the pass. This motion includes gearing up for the shot before the puck is even on the stick. If you’re looking for how to do one, let’s go over the controls:
- While in possession of the puck, locate an open teammate.
- Press RT/R2 to pass to said teammate
- Shoot the puck immediately upon receiving the puck. You should be winding up to shoot before you even have possession of the puck. Or, you can just flick R/Right Stick up right before you get the puck for a one-timer.
One-timers were extremely useful in the old Ignite engine days of the game (i.e. NHL 15-NHL 21). Thanks to the new Frostbite engine and tweaks to the gameplay, defensive players pick up these plays a bit faster. This is especially true when trying a quick one-time play close to the net.
One-time shots do still work in NHL 23. However, it is important to try these plays either just in front of the slot or on the point with traffic in front. The latter part is critical, as a player in front can create a nice screen and make it very difficult for the goalie to stop.