NHL 21: Complete Controls Guide (Goalie, Faceoffs, Offense, and Defense) for PS4 and Xbox One

Here’re all of the NHL 21 controls for deking, skaters, goaltenders, enforcers, and faceoff centers in the game.


NHL 21 offers three sets of controls for you to use: NHL 94, Hybrid, and Skill Stick. While the goalie, fighting, and faceoff controls remain mostly the same between all three – with the exception of faceoffs in NHL 94 controls – the skater controls vary a great deal.

On this page, you can find all of the NHL 21 controls for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One play, including deke controls, fight controls, faceoff controls, goalie controls, and skater controls.


In this guide, the controls which involve the right or the left analogue on either the PS4 or Xbox One controller will be denoted as L and R, with the pressing of each analogue to activate its button being shown as L3 and R3.

NHL 94 Controls in NHL 21

The NHL 94 Controls setting on NHL 21 is best-suited to newcomers of the game franchise and those who don’t have a lot of experience with sports games. NHL 94 Controls cover all of the basics, allowing for you to quickly get to grips with the game and compete on the ice.

NHL 94 OffensePS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
Move PlayerLL
Hustle (Sprint)SquareX
PassXA
ShootOB
Initiate/Accept FightTriangle (double-tap)Y (double-tap)
SpinL2LT
NHL 94 FaceoffsPS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
Faceoff WinX (timed with the puck drop)A (timed with the puck drop)
NHL 94 DekesPS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
Backhand Toe Drag ShotL1 + SquareLB + X
Backhand Toe Drag FlipL1 + Square + R1LB + X + RB
Backhand Toe Drag PassL1 + Square + XLB + X + A
One-Handed TuckL1 + R1LB + RB
Between-the-Legs ShotL1 + OLB + B
Between-the-Legs PassL1 + XLB + A
Between-the-Legs DekeL1 + TriangleLB + Y
NHL 94 DefensePS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
Move PlayerLL
Hustle (Sprint)SquareX
Change PlayerXA
CheckingOB
Initiate/Accept FightTriangle (double-tap)Y (double-tap)
Poke CheckR1RB

NHL 21 Hybrid Controls

NHL 21’s Hybrid Controls suit those who have experience with EA Sports games, with many of the action buttons being assigned to the four symbol buttons on the right side of either console controller. Through the use of the Hybrid Controls, you’ll be able to perform the vast majority of the actions available in NHL 21 through a more familiar controller set-up.

Hybrid OffensePS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
Skating / Shot and Pass AimLL
Hustle (Sprint)L3L3
PassXA
Slap ShotCircleB
Wrist ShotSquareX
Cancel ShotL1 (hold)LB (hold)
Saucer PassR1RB
One-Touch DekesL1LB
Vision ControlL2LT
Line ChangeHold L2 + Circle / SquareHold RT + B / X
Initiate / Accept FightTriangle + Triangle (double-tap)Y + Y (double-tap)
SpinL2LT
Quick PlayersD-padD-pad
Hybrid DefensePS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
Move PlayerLL
Hustle (Sprint)L3L3
Switch PlayerX or R2A or RT
Manual Switch PlayerHold R2 + RHold RT + R
Cancel Manual Switch PlayerHold R2 + L1Hold RT + LB
Switch to Last Skater backHold R2 + R3Hold RT + R3
Body CheckCircleB
Poke CheckR1RB
Sweep StickHold R1 + R (swing)Hold RB + R (swing)
Stick LiftSquareX
Block PassL1 (hold)LB (hold)
Dive / BlockL1 + R1LB + RB
Initiate / Accept FightTriangle + Triangle (double-tap)Y + Y (double-tap)
Boardplay (when near the boards)Triangle (hold)Y (hold)
Initiate Net Battle (in open ice)Triangle (hold)Y (hold)
Line ChangesHold R2 + Circle or SquareHold RT + B or X
Quick PlaysD-padD-pad
Hybrid Net Battles (Behind Player)PS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
Engage in a Net BattleTriangle (hold)Y (hold)
Switch SidesTriangle (hold) + LY (hold) + L
Stick LiftSquareX
Stick Tie-UpSquare (hold)X (hold)
ShoveBO
PushL (hold in the direction)L (hold in the direction)
Hybrid Net Battles (Front Player)PS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
Engage in a Net BattleL2 + LLT + L
Shrug OffOB
PushLL
SpinL2LT

NHL 21 Skill Stick Controls

The Skill Stick Controls of NHL 21 offer you the full scope of play, including more options as a skater and better control over the stick of each player.

Skill Stick OffensePS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
Skating / Shot and Pass AimLL
Hustle (Sprint)L3L3
GlideRelease LRelease L
Vision ControlL2 (hold)LT (hold)
Wind Up / ShootR (up), R (down)R (up), R (down)
Fake ShotR (down), releaseR (down), release
PassR2RT
Strong PassR2 (hold)RT (hold)
Saucer PassR1RB
DekeR (right), R (left)R (right), R (left)
One-Touch DekesL + L1L + LB
SpinL2LT
Leg KickR3R3
Dump the PuckR1 + R (up)RB + R (up)
Protect the PuckXA
Chop the PuckR3 + RR3 + R
Line ChangeCircle / SquareB / X
Boardplay (when near the boards)Triangle (hold)Y (hold)
Cancel Pass While HoldingL1LB
Quick PlaysD-padD-pad
Skill Stick DefensePS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
SkateLL
Hustle (Sprint)L3L3
Switch PlayerR2RT
Manual Switch PlayerHold R2 + RHold RT + R
Cancel Manual Switch PlayerHold R2 + L1Hold RT + LB
Switch to the Last Skater BackHold R2 + R3Hold RT + RS
Vision ControlL2 (hold)LT (hold)
Body CheckRR
Poke CheckR1RB
Sweep StickHold R1 + RHold RB + R
Chop PuckR3 + RR3 + R
Pass Block + Sweep StickL1 + R (side-to-side)LB + R (side-to-side)
Stick LiftXA
Hip CheckR3 + L1R3 + LB
Block PassL1LB
Dive / BlockL1 + R1LB + RB
Initiate / Accept FightTriangle + Triangle (double-tap)Y + Y (double-tap)
Boardplay (when near the boards)Triangle (hold)Y (hold)
Initiate Net Battle (in open ice)Triangle (hold)Y (hold)
Line ChangeCircle or SquareB or X
Tie-Up Player’s StickX (hold)A (hold)
Quick PlaysD-padD-pad
Skill Stick Net Battles (Behind Player)PS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
Engage in a Net BattleTriangle (hold)Y (hold)
Switch SidesTriangle (hold) + LY (hold) + L
Stick LiftXA
Stick Tie-UpX (hold)A (hold)
ShoveRR
PushL (hold in the direction)L (hold in the direction)
Skill Stick Net Battles (Front Player)PS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
Engage in a Net BattleL2 + LLT + L
Shrug OffRR
PushLL
SpinL2LT

How to Hip Check in NHL 21

The hip check is a favoured manoeuvre of defending players in NHL 21, with a well-timed hip check being devastating to a puck carrier.

To perform a hip check in NHL 21 using the Skill Stick controls, you need to:

  1. Hustle towards the opponent (hold R3)
  2. When you get close, press L1/LB before impact to power through them with a hip check

NHL 21 Faceoff Controls

In the NHL 94 Controls, all you have to do is time the pressing of the X/A button with the puck drop to contend for a win in the faceoff circle. It’s a bit more complicated with Hybrid and Skill Stick Controls as you need to use both analogues to set your grip and then direct your attack in the duel.

The most basic approach to winning a faceoff in NHL 21 is: 

  • Set your grip (hold R to the left or right);
  • As the puck drops, push R upwards to perform a stick lift, and then quickly pull back on R for a straight win back;
  • Use L to direct where the puck goes when you pull R back to win the faceoff.

As for the grip selection of your faceoff center, the faceoff controls listed below assume a left-shot center (when looking over their shoulder, the toe of the stick is to their left). For a right-shot center, your grip controls will be in the opposite direction.

NHL 21 Faceoff ControlsPS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
Backhand GripR (hold right for a left-shot player)R (hold right for a left-shot player)
Forehand GripR (hold left for a left-shot player)R (hold left for a left-shot player)
Tie-UpL (upwards)L (upwards)
Stick LiftR (upwards)R (upwards)
Straight Win BackR (downwards)R (downwards)
Faceoff Shot (Without Grip)R (upwards)R (upwards)
Faceoff Deke (Without Grip)L1 + R (upwards)LB + R (upwards)

NHL 21 Fighting Controls

Once you’ve initiated a fight, either by double-tapping Triangle/Y or committing a serious foul or unsportsmanlike conduct offense, you’ll then square-off against your opponent. For the NHL 94, Hybrid, and Skill Stick controller set-ups in NHL 21, the fighting controls are the same, which you can see below.

NHL 21 FightingPS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
GrabL2 (hold)LT (hold)
Fake GrabL2LT
Overhand PunchR (upwards)R (upwards)
UppercutR (downwards)R (downwards)
PushL (upwards)L (upwards)
PullL (downwards)L (downwards)
Block/Lean BackR2 (hold)RT (hold)
DodgeR2RT

NHL 21 Complete Deke Controls List

While the NHL 94 Controls offer a good selection of deke moves, the Hybrid Controls and Skill Stick Controls provide a full slate of crafty manoeuvres.

NHL 21 DekePS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
Backhand Toe DragR3 + R (downwards)R3 + R (downwards)
Backhand Toe Drag FlipR3 + R (downwards) + R1R3 + R (downwards) + RB
Backhand Toe Drag ShotR3 + R (downwards) + R (upwards)R3 + R (downwards) + R (upwards)
Backhand Toe Drag PassR3 + R (downwards) + R2R3 + R (downwards) + RT
One-Hand Deke (Left-Handed)Backhand + L1 + R (right-to-left)Backhand + LB + R (right-to-left)
One-Hand Deke (Right-Handed)Backhand + L1 + R (right-to-left)Backhand + LB + R (right-to-left)
One-Handed TuckBackhand/Forehand + L1 + R1Backhand/Forehand + LB + RB
Between-the-Legs ShotL1 + R3 + R (upwards)LB + R3 + R (upwards)
Between-the-Legs PassL1 + R3 + XLB + R3 + A
Between-the-Legs Saucer PassL1 + R3 + R1LB + R3 + RB
Slip Deke (Near Boards)L1LB
Drop PassR1 (without using L)RB (without using L)
Board-Bank Self-Pass (Near Boards)L1 + R2LB + RT
Behind-the-Net Self-PassL1 + R2LB + RT
Flip DekeBackhand/Forehand + L1 + R2Backhand/Forehand + LB + RT
Lacrosse DekeForehand + L1 (hold) + R3 (hold) + R (left-to-right)Forehand + LB (hold) + R3 (hold) + R (left-to-right)
Stride DekeL1 + L (to either side)LB + L (to either side)
Fake DekeStride Deke (Forehand) + R (Backhand)Stride Deke (Forehand) + R (Backhand)
Backhand Tap Back DekeR (right) + L1 + R (left) + L (right) + R (right)R (right) + LB + R (left) + L (right) + R (right)
Forehand Tap Back DekeR (left-to-right) + L1 + R (right) + L (left) + R (left)R (left-to-right) + LB + R (right) + L (left) + R (left)
Jump DekeL1 + R (upwards)LB + R (upwards)
Skate Kick DekeL1 + R (downwards)LB + R (downwards)
Through-the-Legs DekeL1 + R (left-to-right)LB + R (left-to-right)

NHL 21 Goalie Controls

If you fancy taking on the responsibilities of playing as your team’s netminder with any of the controller settings selected, you’ll need to get to grips with all of these NHL 21 Goalie controls.

NHL 21 GoaliePS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
Toggle Manual GoalieL1 + XLB + A
Change Camera ViewTouchPadView
Move GoalieLL
ButterflyR2 (hold)RT (hold)
Paddle DownR2 (hold) + XRT (hold) + A
Hug Left PostL1 + L (left)LB + L (left)
Hug Right PostL1 + L (right)LB + L (right)
Hug Post (VH)L1 + L (left) / L (right) + R2LB + L (left) / L (right) + RT
Precision ModifierL2LT
Diving SaveSquare + L (left) / L (right)X + L (left) / L (right)
Diving Poke CheckSquare + L (up)X + L (up)
Spread VR (away from the puck)R (away from the puck)
Stack PadsO + L (left) / L (right)B + L (left) / L (right)
Butterfly SlidesL (lateral to the puck)L (lateral to the puck)
Poke CheckR (upwards)R (upwards)
Cover PuckTriangle (hold)Y (hold)
Free SkateXA
Dump PuckR (upwards)R (upwards)
Pass PuckR2RT
Leave Puck for TeammateL2LT
Pull/Replace GoalieL2 + TouchPadLT + View

NHL 21 Goalie Alternate Controls

If you prefer to play in goal with a slightly different set of controls to the default, try out NHL 21’s Goalie Alternate Controls set-up.

NHL 21 Alt. GoaliePS4 ControlsXbox One Controls
 Pull/Replace Goalie L2 TouchPad LT + View
 Manual Goalie Toggle L1 + X LB + A
 Move Goalie L L
 Precision Modifier L1 LB
 Free Skate X A
 Pass Puck R2 / X RT / A
 Poke Check R (upwards) R (upwards)
 Change Camera View TouchPad View
 Cover Puck Triangle (hold) Y (hold)
 Butterfly L2 (hold) LT (hold)
 Hug PostR2 + L (side-to-side) + L2 RT + L (side-to-side)
 Hug Post (VH)R2 + L (side-to-side) + L2 RT + L (side-to-side) + LT
 Dump Puck R (upwards) R (upwards)
 Leave Puck for Teammate L2 LT
Diving Poke CheckSquare + R (upwards)X + R (upwards)
Stack PadsO + L (side-to-side)B + L (side-to-side)
Spread VR (away from the puck)R (away from the puck)
Butterfly SlidesR (side-to-side)R (side-to-side)
Diving SaveSquare + L (side-to-side)X + L (side-to-side)
 Paddle Down L2 (hold) + X (hold) LT (hold) + A (hold)

Whether you’re fighting, deking, in the faceoff circle, defending, on the attack, or in the crease, those are all of the NHL 21 controls that you need to play the game.


Ben Chopping

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