Summary: Ok, so I will say that I love the NHL series, I have since its inception. This game plays as well as all of its recent incarnations. You don't really have to change much to a game so good. To me. the significant negative reviews are pretty harsh. here are my subtle issues with the game: 1) Faceoffs. I can honestly say this is the most frustrating aspect of the game. Even messing with the sliders, setting it to a variety of difficulties, it is impossible to win faceoffs.
Summary: I think this game meets the standards for EA Sports - my only critique is that not every time in the NHL when you check someone of a different size, whether you meant to or not, does is start a fight. I like where they tried to go with this feature but it might be a little too aggressive. Also, why not bench clearing scrums, really push the rivalry angle if your going for the overall enforcer role. In the end, its a sold game that is fun!