NHL 19: Complete Controls Guide (Goalie, Offense and Defense) for Xbox One and PS4


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In NHL 19, there are three different ways to use the controls, allowing players to use the presets that best suits their experience level.

The most basic control setup is that of the NHL 94 Controls. For an in-depth experience where you can do pretty much everything the players do in real life, the Skill Stick controls are your best option. But, if you’re used to playing some of the older editions, or play a lot of EA Sports games, the Hybrid controls may suit you better. 

NHL 94 Controls

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These are the most simple controls, with buttons for passing, shooting, and deking on offense and buttons to swap the skater that you’re in control of and to body check on defense. The left analog moves the skaters, as is always the case. 

With such simple controls, this can make for a fun setup when playing some one-versus-one on the sofa or when first learning the game, but for the most part, this is a sparingly used controller configuration.

Offense
Xbox One
PS4
Move
L
L
Hustle
X
Pass
A
X
Shoot
B
O
Initiate/Accept Fight
Y + Y
△ + △
Spin
LT
L2
Backhand Toe Drag Flip
LB + X + RB
L1 + ▢ + R1
One-Handed Tuck
LB + RB
L1 + R1
Between-the-Legs Shot
LB + B
L1 + O
Between-the-Legs Pass
LB + A
L1 + X
Between-the-Legs Deke
LB + Y
L1 + △
Backhand Toe Drag
LB + X
L1 + ▢
Defense
Xbox One
PS4
Move
L
L
Hustle
X
Change Player
A
X
Checking 
B
O
Initiate/Accept Fight
Y + Y
△ + △

Skill Stick Controls

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These are the preferred controls for more seasoned players of the game and, if you’re starting up in NHL 19, probably the best controls to start using and get used to as they offer the full spectrum of controls. 

Using RT to control the strength of the pass as well as the right analog to have intricate control of the skater’s stick is very intuitive. Using the right analog to lay out body checks with precision also offers a much better way to play, especially as you can time them better to avoid major penalties. 

Offense
Xbox One
PS4
Skating, Shooting, Pass Aim
L
L
Hustle
Press L
L3
Glide
L Release
L Release
Vision Control
Hold LT
Hold L2
Wind Up – Shoot
R Pull Back, R Push Forward
R Pull Back, R Push Forward
Fake Shot
R Pull Back, Release
R Pull Back, Release
Pass
RT
R2
Stronger Pass
Hold RT
Hold R2
Win Faceoff
R
R
Saucer Pass
RB
R1
Deke
<-R / R->
<-R / R->
One-Touch Dekes
L + LB
L + L1
Spin
LT
L2
Leg Kick
Push R
R3
Dump Puck
RB + R
R1 + R
Line Change
B / X
O / ▢
Boardplay
Hold Y
Hold △
Cancel Pass While Holding
LB
L1
Backhand Toe Drag
Push R + R
Push R + R
Backhand Toe Drag Flip
Push R + R + RB
Push R + R + R1
Left Handed One Hand Deke
Backhand + LB + R
Backhand + L1 + R
Right Handed One Hand Deke
Backhand + LB + R
Backhand + L1 + R
One-Handed Tuck
Backhand/Forehand + LB + RB
<-R/R-> + L1 + R1
Between-the-Legs Shot
LB + Push R + R
L1 + R3 + R
Between-the-Legs Pass
LB + Push R + RT
L1 + R3 + R2
Between-the-Legs Saucer Pass
LB + Push R + RB
L1 + R3 + R1
Protect Puck
A
X
Chop Puck
Push R + R
R3 + R
Quick Plays
D-Pad
Directional Buttons
Defense
Xbox One
PS4
Skate
L
L
Switch Player
RT
R2
Manual Switch Player
Hold RT + R
Hold R2 + R
Cancel Manual Switch Player
Hold RT + LB
Hold R2 + L1
Manual Switch Player (Last Player back)
Hold RT + Push R
Hold R2 + R3
Vision Control
Hold LT
Hold L2
Body check
R
R
Poke Check
RB
R1
Sweep Stick
Hold RB + R
Hold R1 + R
Chop Puck
Press R + R
R3 + R
Pass Block+Sweep Stick
LB + <-R / R->
L1 + <-R / R->
Stick Lift
A
X
Hip Check
Press R + LB
R3 + L1
Block Pass
LB
L1
Dive/Block
LB + RB
L1 + R1
Initiate/Accept Fight
Y + Y
△ + △
Boardplay
Hold Y
Hold △
Initiate Net Battle
Hold Y
Hold △
Line Change
B / X
O / ▢
Tie Up Player’s Stick
Hold A
Hold X

Hybrid Controls

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The Hybrid controls are very popular among players who have been a part of EA’s NHL series for many years as well as those who play the other EA Sports titles. They allow for a more traditional use of the symbol buttons, such as B to produce a slap shot or X for a wrist shot. 

The Hybrid controls also come with an element from the Skill Stick controls, as you can use the right analog to manipulate the skater’s stick to deke and shoot. 

Offense
Xbox One
PS4
Skating, Shooting, Pass Aim
L
L
Pass
A
X
Slap Shot
B
O
Wrist Shot
X
Cancel Shot
Hold LB
Hold L1
Saucer Pass
RB
R1
One-Touch Dekes
LB
L1
Vision Control
LT
L2
Backhand Toe Drag
Push R + R
R3 + R
Backhand Toe Drag Flip
Push R + R + RB
R3 + R + RB1
Left Handed One Hand Deke
Backhand + LB + R
Backhand + L1 + R
Right Handed One Hand Deke
Backhand + LB + R
Backhand + L1 + R
One-Handed Tuck
Backhand/Forehand + LB + RB
Backhand/Forehand + L1 + R1
Between-the-Legs Shot
LB + Push R + R
L1 + R3 + R
Between-the-Legs Pass
LB + Push R + RT
L1 + R3 + R2
Between-the-Legs Saucer Pass
LB + Push R + RB
L1 + R3 + R1
Defense
Xbox One
PS4
Switch Player
A / RT
X / R2
Manual Switch Player
Hold RT + R
Hold R2 + R
Cancel Manual Switch Player
Hold RT + LB
Hold R2 + L1
Manual Switch Player (Last Player back)
Hold RT + Push R
Hold R2 + R3
Poke Check
RB
R1
Body Check
B
O
Dive/Block
LB + RB
L1 + R1
Stick Lift
X
Block Pass
Hold LB
L1
Initiate/Accept Fight
Y + Y
△ + △
Boardplay
Hold Y
Hold △
Initiate Net Battle
Hold Y
Hold △

Goalie Controls

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Playing as the goaltender can be a very difficult task, and yet it’s one of the most important in the team. The most integral elements are being able to be mobile while in the butterfly. Holding RT will set your goalie into the butterfly position while moving the right analog will allow you to move between the posts. 

Goaltender Controls
Xbox One
PS4
Pull/Replace Goalie
LT + View Button
L2 + Touch Pad Button
Toggle Manual Goalie
LB + A
L1 + X
Move Goalie
L
L
Precision Modifier
LT
L2
Free Skate
A
X
Pass Puck
RT
R2 / X
Poke Check
R
R
Change Camera View
View Button
Touch Pad Button
Cover Puck
Y
Butterfly
Hold RT
Hold R1
Hug Post Left
LB + <-L
L1 + <-L
Hug Post Right
LB + L->
L1 + L->
Hug Post (VH)
LB + <-L/L-> + RT
L1 + <-L/L-> + R2
Dump Puck
R
R
Diving Poke Check
X + L
▢ + L
Stack Pads
B + <-L/L->
O + <-L/L->
Spread V
X + Pull L
▢ + Pull L
Butterfly Slides
<-R/R->
<-R/R->
Diving Save
X + <-L/L->
▢ + <-L/L->
Leave Puck for Teammate
LT
L2
Paddle Down
Pull R
Pull R

The best way to find your preferred style is to give them a go in games, so keep this guide open on your phone or tablet to consult while you try out new skills and controls on the ice. 

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