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Easy goals

For all European teams in the World Cup of Hockey, all goalies will let in hard wrist shots from either the right or left.

All Canadian goalies let in a hard slap shot from the point. Make sure to set the strategy to "Aggressive" and the defensive strategy to "High Pressure".

If you turbo across the front of the net and shoot on the other side you are more likely to score.

Go up the right wing to the hash marks. Turn half way around and one time it. You will score about 90% of the time under the beginner, easy, or medium difficulty settings, and 70% under difficult setting.

Go behind the net and do a one timer. It will score all of the time because the goalie goes down and you will always shoot high.

Go behind the net and wait for someone to go in front of the net. As soon as you pass it in front of the net, the goalie will go down. You can shoot it high and score.

When you have the puck, use Open Ice Support to switch players. Have the player without the puck go to the opposite side of the goal. Have the player with the puck pass it to you, and do a one-timer. That should get a goal about 95% of the time. One-Timers are done by pressing [Shoot] just before it gets to the player.
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Breakaways

Most aggressive face-off formations have a far winger. Shooting or passing the puck in his direction might lead to some breakaways.

Deflections

Deflections can be done the same way as a one-timer. Shoot from the point and press [Shoot] again with players in front.

Keep team pads on custom team

When making a custom team you usually have a goalie with white pads. To get his team pads, choose the purple symbol that looks like a wildcat with a scar across it. After this is done, any goalie from an NHL team (except for free agents or goalies that are under 70) will have colored pads.

Getting good players cheaply

Get your legal upgrades all the way up so that you can sign players for less. Save the game then release a high paying player into free agency. Immediately negotiate a new contract. With all the upgrades you can get players to take multimillion dollar pay cuts. Make sure you save first -- if you go too low on the offer the player may be insulted and not talk to your team anymore.

Recommended players

If you need some extra help at the beginning of your dynasty (the first day), go to free agents. Make sure the best players are at the top are signed. Some of them include Iginla, Luongo, McCabe, and Lemieux.

Team rankings

Rank
Team League Off. Def. Goal Overall Style
1
North American All-Stars NHL All Stars 93 94 95 93 Talented
2
World All-Stars NHL All Stars 93 92 94 92 Talented
3
Canada World 91 92 95 92 Balanced
4
Eastern All-Stars NHL All Stars 91 91 94 91 Talented
5
Western All-Stars NHL All Stars 92 91 91 91 Talented
6
Russia World 87 84 93 88 Talented
7
United States World 88 88 89 88 Experienced
8
Detroit Red Wings NHL 86 87 87 87 Talented
9
Czech Republic World 88 87 87 87 Balanced
10
Colorado Avalanche NHL 84 84 85 86 Talented
11
Finland World 83 85 93 86 Energetic
12
Sweden World 86 89 80 86 Talented
13
Boston Bruins NHL 82 84 90 85 Physical
14
New Jersey Devils NHL 82 85 90 85 Defensive
15
Philadelphia Flyers NHL 84 85 88 85 Physical
16
San Jose Sharks NHL 83 82 92 85 Balanced
17
Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 84 84 85 85 Physical
18
Dallas Stars NHL 82 83 87 84 Experienced
19
Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 82 89 84 Speedy
20
Nashville Predators NHL 83 84 85 84 Speedy
21
New York Islanders NHL 83 84 83 84 Scrappy
22
Ottawa Senators NHL 83 84 84 84 Balanced
23
Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 81 82 91 84 Talented
24
Vancouver Canucks NHL 83 85 83 84 Talented
25
Slovakia World 87 84 77 84 Speedy
26
Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 84 84 83 Youthful
27
St. Louis Blues NHL 81 85 82 83 Gritty
28
Atlanta Thrashers NHL 81 80 82 82 Speedy
29
Calgary Flames NHL 79 80 91 82 Gritty
30
Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 80 80 85 82 Speedy
31
Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 82 81 82 Speedy
32
Florida Panthers NHL 79 79 90 82 Youthful
33
Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 83 80 82 Resilient
34
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 79 80 84 82 Gritty
35
Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 79 84 81 Resilient
36
Carolina Hurricanes NHL 78 79 87 81 Defensive
37
Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 82 83 81 Scrappy
38
Minnesota Wild NHL 78 78 90 81 Defensive
39
Phoenix Coyotes NHL 80 82 79 81 Gritty
40
Västra Frölunda HC Elitserien 81 81 79 80 Talented
41
New York Rangers NHL 78 79 78 80 Experienced
42
Germany World 79 77 85 80 Youthful
43
Färjestads BK Elitserien 81 79 76 79 Talented
44
Washington Capitals NHL 76 78 85 79 Energetic
45
HV71 Elitserien 79 78 78 78 Energetic
47
Djurgården IF Elitserien 78 81 71 77 Experienced
46
Timrå IK Elitserien 75 77 80 77 Gritty
48
Adler Mannheim DEL 76 78 74 76 Energetic
50
DEG Metro Stars DEL 74 77 76 76 Gritty
49
Hamburg Freezers DEL 75 78 74 76 Talented
51
Latvia World 76 78 73 76 Experienced
52
Switzerland World 73 73 88 76 Youthful
53
Eisbären Berlin DEL 77 77 72 75 Balanced
55
ERC Ingolstadt DEL 75 78 73 75 Resilient
54
Frankfurt Lions DEL 77 78 70 75 Speedy
56
TPS Turku SM-Liga 74 76 76 75 Talented
58
Kassel Huskies DEL 76 77 68 74 Resilient
57
Nürnberg Ice Tigers DEL 75 71 74 74 Experienced
59
Linköping HC Elitserien 73 74 78 74 Gritty
62
Luleå HF Elitserien 73 74 75 74 Resilient
60
MODO Hockey Elitserien 74 74 73 74 Youthful
61
Södertälje SK Elitserien 74 74 74 74 Scrappy
67
Espoon Blues SM-Liga 74 74 78 74 Resilient
65
HIFK Hockey SM-Liga 74 76 75 74 Energetic
63
Jokerit SM-Liga 75 72 78 74 Experienced
64
Oulun Kärpät SM-Liga 76 65 71 74 Talented
66
Tampereen Ilves SM-Liga 74 75 74 74 Resilient
68
Augsburger Panther DEL 74 73 70 73 Scrappy
69
Iserlohn Roosters DEL 74 74 69 73 Resilient
70
Leksands IF Elitserien 75 74 69 73 Balanced
72
Porin Ässät SM-Liga 73 74 77 73 Balanced
71
Rauman Lukko SM-Liga 73 74 73 73 Energetic
73
Austria World 73 72 72 73 Defensive
74
Ukraine World 73 72 72 73 Resilient
77
Hannover Scorpions DEL 74 73 67 72 Scrappy
75
Kölner Haie DEL 73 71 69 72 Experienced
76
Krefeld Pinguine DEL 73 70 74 72 Gritty
78
Brynäs IF Elitserien 72 72 69 72 Balanced
79
HPK Hämeenlinna SM-Liga 73 73 72 72 Speedy
80
Tampereen Tappara SM-Liga 72 71 71 72 Balanced
81
Belarus World 72 73 66 72 Resilient
82
France World 70 70 75 72 Defensive
83
MIF Redhawks Elitserien 71 72 70 71 Gritty
84
SaiPa Lappeenranta SM-Liga 71 72 73 71 Scrappy
85
Denmark World 71 69 66 71 Energetic
86
Kazakhstan World 72 70 64 71 Gritty
87
Norway World 72 72 66 71 Energetic
88
JYP Jyväskylä SM-Liga 71 70 70 70 Resilient
89
Italy World 71 71 67 70 Energetic
90
Poland World 71 70 67 70 Scrappy
91
Wölfe Freiburg DEL 70 68 68 69 Youthful
92
Pelicans Lahti SM-Liga 69 68 70 69 Scrappy
93
Great Britain World 70 67 65 69 Gritty
94
Japan World 71 69 63 69 Energetic

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