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 ControlsXbox OnePS4
Move PlayerLL
HustleXSquare
PassAX
ShootBCircle
Initiate / Accept FightY + Y (Double Tap)Triangle + Triangle (Double Tap)
SpinLTL2
Deke ControlsXbox OnePS4
Backhand Toe DragRS + R-backR3 + R-back
Backhand Toe Drag FlipRS + R-back + RBR3 + R-back + RB
Left-Hand One Hand DekeBackhand + LB + R-upBackhand + L1 + R-up
Right-Hand One Hand DekeBackhand + LB + R-upBackhand + L1 + R-up
One-Handed TuckBackhand/Forehand + LB + RBBackhand/Forehand + L1 + R1
Between-the-Legs ShotLB + RS + R-shootL1 + R3 + R-shoot
Between-the-Legs PassLB + RS + RTL1 + R3 + R2
Between-the-Legs Saucer PassLB + RS + RBL1 + R3 + R1
Defense ControlsXbox OnePS4
Move PlayerLL
HustleXSquare
Change PlayerAX
CheckingBCircle
Initiate / Accept FightY + 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 ControlsXbox OnePS4
Skating / Shot and Pass AimLL
PassAX
Slap ShotBCircle
Wrist ShotXSquare
Cancel ShotLB (Hold)L1 (Hold)
Saucer PassRBR1
One-Touch DekesLBL1
Vision ControlLTL2
Line ChangeHold RT + B / XHold L2 + Circle / Square
Initiate / Accept FightY + Y (Double Tap)Triangle + Triangle (Double Tap)
SpinLTL2
Deke ControlsXbox OnePS4
Backhand Toe DragRS + R-backR3 + R-back
Backhand Toe Drag FlipRS + R-back + RBR3 + R-back + RB
Left-Hand One Hand DekeBackhand + LB + R-upBackhand + L1 + R-up
Right-Hand One Hand DekeBackhand + LB + R-upBackhand + L1 + R-up
One-Handed TuckBackhand/Forehand + LB + RBBackhand/Forehand + L1 + R1
Between-the-Legs ShotLB + RS + R-shootL1 + R3 + R-shoot
Between-the-Legs PassLB + RS + RTL1 + R3 + R2
Between-the-Legs Saucer PassLB + RS + RBL1 + R3 + R1
Defense ControlsXbox OnePS4
Move PlayerLL
Switch PlayerA / RTX / R2
Manual Switch PlayerHold RT + RHold R2 + R
Cancel Manual Switch PlayerHold RT + LBHold R2 + L1
Switch to Last Skater backHold RT + RSHold R2 + R3
Body CheckBCircle
Poke CheckRBR1
Sweep StickHold RB + Swing RHold R1 + Swing R
Stick LiftXSquare
Block PassHold LBHold L1
Dive / BlockLB + RBL1 + R1
Initiate / Accept FightY + Y (Double Tap)Triangle + Triangle (Double Tap)
Boardplay (when near the boards)Hold YHold Triangle
Initiate Net Battle (in open ice)Hold YHold Triangle
Line ChangesHold RT + B / XHold 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 ControlsXbox OnePS4
Skating / Shot and Pass AimLL
HustleLSL3
GlideRelease LRelease L
Vision ControlHold LTHold L2
Wind Up / ShootR-up, R-downR-up, R-down
Fake ShotR-down, ReleaseR-down, Release
PassRTR2
Strong PassHold RTHold R2
Saucer PassRBR1
DekeR-right, R-leftR-right, R-left
One-Touch DekesL + LBL + L1
SpinLTL2
Leg KickRSR3
Dump the PuckRB + R-upR1 + R-up
Protect the PuckAX
Chop the PuckRS + RR1 + R
Line ChangeB / XCircle / Square
Boardplay (when near the boards)Hold YHold Triangle
Cancel Pass While HoldingLBL1
Deke ControlsXbox OnePS4
Backhand Toe DragRS + R-backR3 + R-back
Backhand Toe Drag FlipRS + R-back + RBR3 + R-back + RB
Left-Hand One Hand DekeBackhand + LB + R-upBackhand + L1 + R-up
Right-Hand One Hand DekeBackhand + LB + R-upBackhand + L1 + R-up
One-Handed TuckBackhand/Forehand + LB + RBBackhand/Forehand + L1 + R1
Between-the-Legs ShotLB + RS + R-shootL1 + R3 + R-shoot
Between-the-Legs PassLB + RS + RTL1 + R3 + R2
Between-the-Legs Saucer PassLB + RS + RBL1 + R3 + R1
Defense ControlsXbox OnePS4
SkateLL
Switch PlayerRTR2
Manual Switch PlayerHold RT + RHold R2 + R
Cancel Manual Switch PlayerHold RT + LBHold R2 + L1
Switch to the Last Skater BackHold RT + RSHold R2 + R3
Vision ControlHold LTHold R2
Body CheckRR
Poke CheckRBR1
Sweep StickHold RB + RHold R1 + R
Chop PuckRS + RR3 + R
Pass Block + Sweep StickLB + R-right, R-leftL1 + R-right, R-left
Stick LiftAX
Hip CheckRS + LBR3 + L1
Block PassLBL1
Dive / BlockLB + RBL1 + R1
Initiate / Accept FightY + Y (Double Tap)Triangle + Triangle (Double Tap)
Boardplay (when near the boards)Hold YHold Triangle
Initiate Net Battle (in open ice)Hold YHold Triangle
Line ChangeB / XCircle / Square
Tie Up Player’s StickHold AHold 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 ControlsXbox OnePS4
GrabHold LTHold L2
Fake GrabLTL2
Overhand PunchR-upR-up
UppercutR-downR-down
PushL-upL-up
PullL-downL-down
Block / Lean BackHold RTHold R2
DodgeRTR2

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 ControlsXbox OnePS4
(Behind Player) Engage in Net BattleHold YHold Triangle
(Behind Player) Switch SidesHold Y + LHold Triangle + L
(Behind Player) Stick LiftAX
(Behind Player) Stick Tie UpHold AHold X
(Behind Player) ShoveRR
(Behind Player) PushHold LHold L
(Front Player) Engage in Net BattleLT + LL2 + L
(Front Player) Shrug OffRR
(Front Player) PushLL
(Front Player) SpinLTL2

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 ControlsXbox OnePS4
Toggle Manual GoalieLB + AL1 + X
Move GoalieLL
ButterflyHold RTHold R2
Paddle DownHold R-downHold R-down
Hug Left PostLB + L-leftL1 + L-left
Hug Right PostLB + L-rightL1 + L-right
Hug Post (VH)LB + L-left / L-right + RTL1 + L-left / L-right + R2
Precision ModifierLTL2
Diving SaveX + L-left / L-rightTriangle + L-left / L-right
Diving Poke CheckX + L-upTriangle + L-up
Spread VX + L-downTriangle + L-down
Stack PadsB + L-left / L-rightCircle + L-left / L-right
Butterfly SlidesR-left / R-rightR-left / R-right
Poke CheckR-upR-up
Cover PuckHold YHold Triangle
Free SkateAX
Dump PuckR-upR-up
Pass PuckRTR2
Leave Puck for TeammateLTL2

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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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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