THL Game Format/Rules Quick Settings NHL Schedule Period: 2 Weeks Skill Level: All-Star Game Style: Hardcore Simulation Rules Period Length: 5 Minutes Offsides: Delayed Icing: On Injuries: On Penalties: On Post Whistle Rules: Authentic Penalty Time Scaling: On Fighting: On Rules: NHL (Except Playoffs, see below) Injuries: On Fighting: On Advanced Settings Playoff Series Length: Best of 7 Playoff Tie Break: Continuous OT Season Overtime Loss: 1 Point Season Tie Break: 5 Min (4 on 4) then Shootout CPU Trades: On Waivers: On GM Connected Length: 25 Years Starting Rosters: Current NHL Salary Cap: On Roster Type: Default Tuner Set Version: Latest Backup Goalies You must use your backup goalie at least 8 games. If you dont play your backup goalie enough times, you will be removed from your team if they are in a Playoff spot. Running Up The Score User vs User Games: If at anytime there is a 5 goal lead, that team will then be expected to respect their opponent and start dumping the puck in, dump and chase, dump and retreat etc. If a 6th goal is scored for a 6 goal lead by accident or just from the dump and chasing, please let your opponent know it wasnt on purpose. Any game that gets reported with more than a 5 goal difference will be investigated and you could be possibly removed at ANY time. No warning etc, you could be removed. User vs CPU Games: There will be no goal limit as of right now vs the CPU. If i start to see a trend of 6, 7, 8, etc goal wins vs them, i will set a limit. If you dont follow that limit, you will be removed. Diving/Laying Down/Kneeling Using the (LB) button is not allowed to keep the puck in the Offensive Zone. Using the (LB) button in the neutral zone is not allowed. Using the (LB) button to break up passes in Defensive Zone is allowed. Diving will not be allowed to keep the puck in the Offensive Zone. Laying Down on the ice and staying there will not be allowed in the Offensive and Defensive Zones. Diving/Laying Down to block a shot is allowed in the Defensive Zone. Diving/Laying Down to block a pass on odd man rushes is allowed in the Defensive Zone. Diving will be allowed in the Offensive Zone when you pull your goalie late in the 3rd period and are desperately trying to keep the puck in. Diving also is allowed when you are trying to break up a breakaway. Scheduling/Advancing You must use the Scheduling Threads to communicate with the guys you need to play. The above will be the only method monitored in determining scheduling issues/conflicts. We will advance every Wednesday around 10am EST. Trading You can only trade 3 NHL Players per season. You can only trade 5 Minor League Players per season. No Trading of Draft Picks. All trades will be reviewed by Fidd14, justca11mejuice, and niuhuskie224. Waivers You can only pick up 2 players on Waivers per season. All Waiver claims will be reviewed by Fiddy14, justca11mejuice, and niuhuskie224. Free Agents You can only pick up 1 Free Agent Player per season. All Free Agent pick ups will be reviewed by Fiddy14, justc11mejuice, and niuhuskie224. Scoring/Strategy Tips Mix up your play, do not score the same goals over and over. Bottom line guys, don't be one dimensional. Practice with the game in practice mode on different scoring attempts. Goal variety is terrible in this NHL series, so we have to work a bit to see different types of goals. --- The EA NHL Series since NHL 07 has been an arcade game with sim/realistic elements. Its and up and down game that's easy to pick up and play for anyone, but does have some learning curve even with that said. --- Here are some basic ways to score... Basic wrist shot in the circles or between them (aim at different parts of the net with these). Basic slap shot from the points (like above, aim at different parts of the net). Deflections from wrist and slap shots. Breakaway backhand shot. Breakaway forehand shot. Breakaway forehand to backhand deke to either side of the posts. Breakaway backhand to forehand deke to either side of the posts. Breakaway forehand to backhand deke to five hole. Breakaway backhand to forehand deke to five hole. Cross crease passes to either side of the net on the rush or setup in the zone. Wraparounds to either side of the net. Fake shots by clicking down the R-Stick and making your player leg kick then shoot. Fake a shot on a breakaway and then try any of the above moves mentioned. Advanced dekes, one handed (the Forsberg) etc. Obviously everyone plays different, guys that play good defense will limit scoring chances, but that doesn't mean try the same thing over and over. Guys that score a decent bit, challenge yourself to score all sorts of different ways. --- Another thing is, guys get frustrated by giving up a lot of chances and lack of chances on the other end. Do you know you can change your strategies and they actually will help out? You can change the strategies from the edit line screen prior to the game starting, from the pause menu, and with the D-Pad during the game. Here are some basic ways to play defense... Giving up a lot of breakaways and odd man rushes? Change to a defend lead, collapse, protect net defense. Want to pressure the puck more? Play full attack, high pressure defense. Want players to crash the net? Hit the 'B" button and then the "Y" button to cycle through each lines offensive strategies. Same goes for the defense. Also, on defense don't try and hit everything that moves. That maybe why you giving up a ton of chances/goals. Stay in position, use the poke check button. Block passes in between the circles or the net with the LB button etc. Bottom line, stay in position. Don't run around!! I cant tell you how many guys i play are clueless of this stuff. Trust me, make some of these adjustments and you will notice a difference in your game. I hope these tips can help everyone get better in some type of way.