Hint: NHL 2000 rewards skilled passing with opportunities and goals. Work on
the one-time pass.
Hint: One of the best defensive techniques involves mowing down anything you
see. In the Game Rules menu, set the penalty slider low, then go after any
player. If you miss the puck carrier, take out one of his cohorts before you
switch control to another player.
Hint: On defense, remember that you are extremely vulnerable to rebounds. Sure,
the other guys will get their fair share of breakaways (though you should try
to eliminate them, too), but an open man with a rebound is very dangerous
indeed. In short, ensure that any player standing in front of your net, even
if he has already shot, gets bounced.
Hint: One of the most wicked weapons you have in your arsenal is the
deflection. Send your winger at fast speed into an offensive corner, then
twirl him back toward the blue line; this gives your two linemates time to get
themselves in front of the opponent's net. You'll next want to hit the Pass
button while pointing your player toward the net with the D-pad, then depress
the Shoot button just before the puck has reached your teammate. The resulting
change of direction can fool even the best goaltender.
Hint: Dekes are back! The NHL series has once again put a premium on slick
stickhandling as you're coming in on the goal. A skilled player such as Pavel
Bure or Joe Sakic will capitalize on breakaways with a move to the right, then
a move to the left (or vice versa), and a quick shot to the open side.