UPDATE(Sept 6th 2018): NHL 19 is out and the deke controls are the exact same as 18, so everything below still applies 🙂 I’ll update videos if anything changes, but so far not seeing any reason to. Enjoy!
NHL 18 not only brings several new game modes, but it brings an array of brand new dekes and we’ll cover how to do each one in this guide.
Between The Legs Deke
This between the legs deke isn’t new; however, the control for it has changed since NHL 17.
Control: Curl puck back on your forehand then when curled back press LB(L1) and drag the stick diagonally to the opposite corner. The movement you do with the analog stick is almost identical to the movement you want your in-game stick to make.
It’s very similar to how it was in NHL 17 except now you actually need to drag the stick through your body with the right analog stick.
Between The Legs Shot or Pass
You can put the puck between your legs by pressing LB(L1) + R3, it will stay between your legs until you let go of R3. This will allow you to choose whether you will shoot, pass, or saucer pass.
- Between the Legs Shot Control: LB(L1) + R3 + upwards on the right stick(snap shot)
- Between the Legs Pass Control: LB(L1) + R3 + RT(R2)
- Between the Legs Saucer Pass Control: LB(L1) + R3 + RB(R1)
Practice putting the puck between your legs with just LB + R3 and then pulling it back through again. Once you are comfortable with that control then shooting and passing from there will feel a lot more natural.
Another one of the easier new dekes to perform but again difficult to score with… Fortunately enough for this post, Zain makes it look easy.
Control: Hold the puck to the opposite side you want to tuck it on. So if you want to one hand tuck on your backhand then first hold it to your forehand as you get to the net then press both bumpers(L1+R1).
This works best against goalies when coming in on a bit of an angle as seen in the video.
Backhand Drag Shot(Datsyuk)
The famous Datsyuk deke! This one is perhaps the easiest of the new dekes to do.
Control: R3 + pull back the right analog stick then up to shot it
So you do a leg kick(R3) then pull back on the right analog – you can hold the analog stick back and just keep your player in that pulled back position then when you want to shoot push the stick up.
This is very effective when coming from your strong side so left on the left or right on the right. Come in on an angle then hold the pulled back animation across the net.
Backhand Drag Flip Control: R3 + down on the right analog stick then tap RB. Holding RB down doesn’t make your flip anymore powerful.
The backhand flip is almost identical but instead of shooting with the right stick you just tap RB. The flip shot is much more difficult to score with than the regular backhand drag shot.
The tap deke is one of the most difficult dekes to perform successfully, especially when under pressure in a game.
I tried for awhile to do one where I managed to get the puck back but this is the best you’ll get for now 😀
The controls for this deke depend on the handedness of your play.
Left Handed Player Control: Hold your stick on your forehand curled back to 7 or 8 o’clock then press LB(L1) and pull both analog sticks outward simultaneously then the right stick back inward again immediately after. If you don’t pull the right stick back inward then you will lose the puck.
Right Handed Player Control: Hold your stick on your forehand curled back to 4 o’clock then press LB(L1) and push both analog sticks inward simultaneously then the right stick outward again immediately after.
*Important: The final movement of the right stick back to the starting position is very important – if you don’t do it then you won’t get the puck back.
Backhand Forehand Sweep(Zetterberg)
More commonly known as “The Zetterberg”, this deke is another advanced one to learn; however, if you can get the hang of the tap deke then this one should be easy as you need to do the exact opposite of the tap deke.
Again the controls differ depending on handedness.
Left Handed Player Control: Hold puck to backhand then hold LB(L1) and push both sticks inward then right stick back outward.
Right Handed Player Control: Hold puck to backhand then hold LB(L1) and pull both sticks outward then right stick back inward.
*Important: If you don’t move the right stick back to the starting position at the end then you won’t get the puck back.
One Hand Deke
Control: Hold the puck to your backhand then press LB(L1) + move right analog up to 12 o’clock.
I’m not sure what these dekes are called or if they are even useful, but here they are:
Control: Hold the puck to your backhand or forehand then press LB(L1) and move the right stick slightly up on the side you already have it held too.
ie. with a left handed player to do the backhand juke deke, you would first hold it to 3 o’clock then press LB and move the analog up between 1 and 2 o’clock.
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