Summary: Everything about the game, other than the fighting is SUBPAR compared to what was offered in NHL '09. Slapshots seem, and look slower...wrist shots take forever to get to the net, and the online gameplay is set to super-slow I think, and cannot be changed. Awful awful, and I guarantee it will NOT win as many awards (9 total) that NHL '09 did.
Summary: This game is awesome when it is working, however this game suffers from severe bouts of freezing. Check the EA forums at EA.com to see the numerous complaints regarding this games technical issues and you will definitely have, and should have some second thoughts about paying full price for this product. I got the game home, was totally amped to play, ripped off the packaging, popped it in the Playstation 3 and what do you know, it freezes up on me.