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NHL 24 Total Control Guide: Tips, Tricks and Strategies

NHL 24 has ushered in a new era of gameplay with its Total Control system, and for players, it's a thrilling but challenging transition. The game's controls have undergone significant changes, introducing innovative face button dekes, advanced maneuvers, and defensive strategies. In this guide, we'll delve into the secrets, tips, and tricks to help you navigate this new control scheme effectively. 



NHL 24 Total Control Guide: Tips, Tricks and Strategies


Basic Controls

Before diving into the more advanced moves, let's quickly review the basic controls that remain the same as previous versions of NHL:

Controller Input Action
RT (Right Trigger) Pass
RB (Right Bumper) Sauce (sauté pass)
LB (Left Bumper) Deke variations
LT (Left Trigger) Vision control
RS (Right Stick) Player movement and shooting control


New Face Button Dekes

The most significant change in Total Control is the introduction of dekes assigned to the face buttons (XYAB on Xbox, Circle, Triangle, Square, X on PlayStation). Here's a breakdown of the new face button dekes:


The Michigan (Y or Triangle):

The Michigan is the most talked-about new move. It's as simple as tapping the Y or Triangle button when you're behind the net. This deke is easy to execute and can be used in various situations, making it a powerful tool for your offensive arsenal.

  • Come behind the net, tap Y (or Triangle), and let go.
  • You can also use it to throw or pass behind the net by holding Y and tapping RB (Right Bumper).
  • To cancel the Michigan, tap LB (Left Bumper).


Forehand Michigan (A or X):

This move is a bit more challenging to score with, but it's still effective. When you're on the opposite side of the net, perform a wraparound shot by tapping A (or X).


Between the Legs Shot (B or Circle):

To perform a between-the-legs shot, simply tap B (or Circle). This can be executed from various angles, both backhand and forehand. For a saucy between-the-legs shot, hold B and tap RB.


One-Handed Move (X or Square):

This move is a simple tap of X (or Square) and can be used on players and goalies. It offers versatility, as it automatically chooses between a backhand and forehand variation based on your position.


Advanced Deke Controls

  • You can still perform chip dekes with LB (Left Bumper) and RT (Right Trigger). This move can be useful for quick puck movement.
  • The spin move remains the same. You can either tap LT (Left Trigger) for an automatic spin or manually control it by holding LT and rotating the right analog stick.
  • To protect the puck, hold the left analog stick towards the inside of your body while holding the puck to your forehand or backhand. This can be an effective way to shield the puck from defenders.


Defensive Strategies

The new hitting system in NHL 24 is an adjustment from the previous version. Here's how to make the most of it:

  • Use the left analog stick to aim your hits. To deliver a powerful hit, pull the right analog stick up or down in a slapping motion. This gives you control over the strength of your checks.
  • The best hitting feature is the hip check. To perform it, hold down the X (or Square) button while aiming your hit. This move sends opponents flying and is highly effective.
  • If you prefer a more automated approach, simply tap the B button to deliver a standard body check.
  • Be cautious when attempting big hits, as missing can leave you out of position and vulnerable.


Puck Clearance & Line Changes

Clearing the puck and managing line changes have also seen some changes in NHL 24:

  • To perform a high flip off the glass, aim in the desired direction and tap RB (Right Bumper).
  • To clear the puck the length of the ice, hold RT (Right Trigger) and flick up on the right analog stick.
  • Line changes and strategies have moved to the D-pad. Use left and right to cycle through defensive and offensive strategies. Use left and right while holding LB (Left Bumper) and RB (Right Bumper) to change your lines. Up and down on the D-pad allow you to modify your forecheck and breakout strategies.



Mastering NHL 24's Total Control system might take some time, but it offers new and exciting opportunities for offensive and defensive gameplay. By understanding the new face button dekes, advanced deke controls, defensive strategies, puck clearance, and line changes, you'll be well on your way to dominating the ice in NHL 24. Don't be discouraged by the learning curve; practice and experimentation will lead to success. Good luck and enjoy the game!

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