NHL 20: Complete Controls Guide (Goalie, Offense and Defense) for Xbox One and PS4

Here’s everything you need to know about the NHL 20 controls for skaters and goaltenders.


There are three different sets of controls in NHL 20 as well as default set-ups for goalie controls, fighting controls, and net battle controls.

Here, we’ll be going through all three of the skater controls – NHL 94, Skill Stick, and Hybrid – as well as the goalie, fighting, and net battles controls. This guide also includes all of the key deke controls.


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In this guide, the controls which involve the right or the left analogue on either the Xbox One or PS4 controller will be denoted as ‘R’ or ‘L,’ with any required direction tacked-on via a hyphen.

NHL 94 Controls in NHL 20

NHL 94 Controls are best suited to newcomers or those who do not or cannot use the full span of the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 controller. The simple controls can also make for good fun as a rule type on NHL 20.


These controls set up a strong base for newcomers to get used to NHL 20 and then move onto more expansive controller sets, such as Hybrid. As you can see above, the controls are basically just using the left analog to move, B to shoot or body check, and A to pass or switch player.

Offense Controls Xbox One PS4
Move Player L L
Hustle X Square
Pass A X
Shoot B Circle
Initiate / Accept Fight Y + Y (Double Tap) Triangle + Triangle (Double Tap)
Spin LT L2
Deke Controls Xbox One PS4
Backhand Toe Drag RS + R-back R3 + R-back
Backhand Toe Drag Flip RS + R-back + RB R3 + R-back + RB
Left-Hand One Hand Deke Backhand + LB + R-up Backhand + L1 + R-up
Right-Hand One Hand Deke Backhand + LB + R-up Backhand + L1 + R-up
One-Handed Tuck Backhand/Forehand + LB + RB Backhand/Forehand + L1 + R1
Between-the-Legs Shot LB + RS + R-shoot L1 + R3 + R-shoot
Between-the-Legs Pass LB + RS + RT L1 + R3 + R2
Between-the-Legs Saucer Pass LB + RS + RB L1 + R3 + R1
Defense Controls Xbox One PS4
Move Player L L
Hustle X Square
Change Player A X
Checking B Circle
Initiate / Accept Fight Y + Y (Double Tap) Triangle + Triangle (Double Tap)

NHL 20 Hybrid Controls

The Hybrid controls in NHL 20 are much better suited to players who have a good understanding of the game and have perhaps also played other sports games from EA Sports.


With this control set, the symbol buttons on the right side of the controller with either the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 are the focus for passing, shooting, checking, and changing player.

Offense Controls Xbox One PS4
Skating / Shot and Pass Aim L L
Pass A X
Slap Shot B Circle
Wrist Shot X Square
Cancel Shot LB (Hold) L1 (Hold)
Saucer Pass RB R1
One-Touch Dekes LB L1
Vision Control LT L2
Line Change Hold RT + B / X Hold L2 + Circle / Square
Initiate / Accept Fight Y + Y (Double Tap) Triangle + Triangle (Double Tap)
Spin LT L2
Deke Controls Xbox One PS4
Backhand Toe Drag RS + R-back R3 + R-back
Backhand Toe Drag Flip RS + R-back + RB R3 + R-back + RB
Left-Hand One Hand Deke Backhand + LB + R-up Backhand + L1 + R-up
Right-Hand One Hand Deke Backhand + LB + R-up Backhand + L1 + R-up
One-Handed Tuck Backhand/Forehand + LB + RB Backhand/Forehand + L1 + R1
Between-the-Legs Shot LB + RS + R-shoot L1 + R3 + R-shoot
Between-the-Legs Pass LB + RS + RT L1 + R3 + R2
Between-the-Legs Saucer Pass LB + RS + RB L1 + R3 + R1
Defense Controls Xbox One PS4
Move Player L L
Switch Player A / RT X / R2
Manual Switch Player Hold RT + R Hold R2 + R
Cancel Manual Switch Player Hold RT + LB Hold R2 + L1
Switch to Last Skater back Hold RT + RS Hold R2 + R3
Body Check B Circle
Poke Check RB R1
Sweep Stick Hold RB + Swing R Hold R1 + Swing R
Stick Lift X Square
Block Pass Hold LB Hold L1
Dive / Block LB + RB L1 + R1
Initiate / Accept Fight Y + Y (Double Tap) Triangle + Triangle (Double Tap)
Boardplay (when near the boards) Hold Y Hold Triangle
Initiate Net Battle (in open ice) Hold Y Hold Triangle
Line Changes Hold RT + B / X Hold R2 + Circle / Square

NHL 20 Skill Stick Controls

The Skill Stick controls are widely considered to be the best to use in NHL 20. They offer the most depth and control in each play, when on the puck or off the puck.

However, Skill Stick controls can be difficult to get used to if you’re more accustomed to other sports games or enjoy using the Hybrid controls. If you want the complete scale of controls in NHL 20, though, it’s well worth learning the Skill Stick controls.

Offense Controls Xbox One PS4
Skating / Shot and Pass Aim L L
Hustle LS L3
Glide Release L Release L
Vision Control Hold LT Hold L2
Wind Up / Shoot R-up, R-down R-up, R-down
Fake Shot R-down, Release R-down, Release
Pass RT R2
Strong Pass Hold RT Hold R2
Saucer Pass RB R1
Deke R-right, R-left R-right, R-left
One-Touch Dekes L + LB L + L1
Spin LT L2
Leg Kick RS R3
Dump the Puck RB + R-up R1 + R-up
Protect the Puck A X
Chop the Puck RS + R R1 + R
Line Change B / X Circle / Square
Boardplay (when near the boards) Hold Y Hold Triangle
Cancel Pass While Holding LB L1
Deke Controls Xbox One PS4
Backhand Toe Drag RS + R-back R3 + R-back
Backhand Toe Drag Flip RS + R-back + RB R3 + R-back + RB
Left-Hand One Hand Deke Backhand + LB + R-up Backhand + L1 + R-up
Right-Hand One Hand Deke Backhand + LB + R-up Backhand + L1 + R-up
One-Handed Tuck Backhand/Forehand + LB + RB Backhand/Forehand + L1 + R1
Between-the-Legs Shot LB + RS + R-shoot L1 + R3 + R-shoot
Between-the-Legs Pass LB + RS + RT L1 + R3 + R2
Between-the-Legs Saucer Pass LB + RS + RB L1 + R3 + R1
Defense Controls Xbox One PS4
Skate L L
Switch Player RT R2
Manual Switch Player Hold RT + R Hold R2 + R
Cancel Manual Switch Player Hold RT + LB Hold R2 + L1
Switch to the Last Skater Back Hold RT + RS Hold R2 + R3
Vision Control Hold LT Hold R2
Body Check R R
Poke Check RB R1
Sweep Stick Hold RB + R Hold R1 + R
Chop Puck RS + R R3 + R
Pass Block + Sweep Stick LB + R-right, R-left L1 + R-right, R-left
Stick Lift A X
Hip Check RS + LB R3 + L1
Block Pass LB L1
Dive / Block LB + RB L1 + R1
Initiate / Accept Fight Y + Y (Double Tap) Triangle + Triangle (Double Tap)
Boardplay (when near the boards) Hold Y Hold Triangle
Initiate Net Battle (in open ice) Hold Y Hold Triangle
Line Change B / X Circle / Square
Tie Up Player’s Stick Hold A Hold X

NHL 20 Fighting Controls

One of the most noticeable improvements from NHL 19 to NHL 20 is the fighting and the ability to win fights. The fighting controls are quite simple, but they are deep enough that you can vary your approach to win a fight in NHL 20.

Fighting Controls Xbox One PS4
Grab Hold LT Hold L2
Fake Grab LT L2
Overhand Punch R-up R-up
Uppercut R-down R-down
Push L-up L-up
Pull L-down L-down
Block / Lean Back Hold RT Hold R2
Dodge RT R2

NHL 20 Net Battles Controls

Net Battles have become a crucial part of the NHL 20 gameplay, and so it’s good to know the controls. Using these net battle controls, you can gain an edge over your opponent by blocking the view of the goaltender or creating a shooting lane.

Net Battles Controls Xbox One PS4
(Behind Player) Engage in Net Battle Hold Y Hold Triangle
(Behind Player) Switch Sides Hold Y + L Hold Triangle + L
(Behind Player) Stick Lift A X
(Behind Player) Stick Tie Up Hold A Hold X
(Behind Player) Shove R R
(Behind Player) Push Hold L Hold L
(Front Player) Engage in Net Battle LT + L L2 + L
(Front Player) Shrug Off R R
(Front Player) Push L L
(Front Player) Spin LT L2

NHL 20 Goalie Controls

Playing as the goaltender in NHL 20 is a very difficult task. But if you perfect the craft of stopping the puck, you can become a highly-coveted player among online teams.

Goalie controls in NHL 20 use many different buttons, so it’s all about getting used to the full span and gaining enough experience that your use of the controls is all-but reactionary. It’s difficult to master, but it’s certainly a different way to experience the game.

Goalie Controls Xbox One PS4
Toggle Manual Goalie LB + A L1 + X
Move Goalie L L
Butterfly Hold RT Hold R2
Paddle Down Hold R-down Hold R-down
Hug Left Post LB + L-left L1 + L-left
Hug Right Post LB + L-right L1 + L-right
Hug Post (VH) LB + L-left / L-right + RT L1 + L-left / L-right + R2
Precision Modifier LT L2
Diving Save X + L-left / L-right Triangle + L-left / L-right
Diving Poke Check X + L-up Triangle + L-up
Spread V X + L-down Triangle + L-down
Stack Pads B + L-left / L-right Circle + L-left / L-right
Butterfly Slides R-left / R-right R-left / R-right
Poke Check R-up R-up
Cover Puck Hold Y Hold Triangle
Free Skate A X
Dump Puck R-up R-up
Pass Puck RT R2
Leave Puck for Teammate LT L2

Whether it’s having a fight, blocking the puck, firing a slap shot, or trying to make a save: these are the NHL 20 controls that you need to know.

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Simone Rhea

Started off on PC with classic simulation titles but now plays any game that looks appealing across all three of the major consoles.

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