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WGN STRATEGY ACADEMY: Tips to make the perfect pass in NHL 18

8 Jun , 2018  

Written by: Jon Scarr

Passing is a basic mechanic that you need to be good at if you are gong to win in NHL 18. However, there is a lot that you can do with passing so that you can set yourself apart from your opponent. It’s best to always make quick decisions when passing the puck, you don’t want to hold on to it for too long. The quicker you move the puck around, the more flustered the other team will be. Check out these Tips to make the perfect pass in NHL 18.

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I’ve put together some tips so that you can make quick decisions when you have the puck and to help make the perfect pass in NHL 18.

The art of passing

Aiming your pass is done with the left analog thumbstick. In most cases you are going to want to aim where the player that you are passing to is going to be—right in front of the player you are trying to pass to. This is also a good rule of thumb to use on two-on-one situations where you want to pass it to your teammate for a one timer.

You’ll also want to take into consideration where your teammate is in relation to where you are. If they are a little bit behind you, then you can pass it straight to the right or straight to the left. Though, if they are the same distance as you when you are going in on the goalie, then you need to pass it a little bit in front of them.

Remember, aim for your teammates stick when you are going for the pass, not their skates. Make sure not to pass at a 45-degree angle, it’s only a little big higher than a straight pass. With that being said, straight passes are the easiest to pull off because they always go where you want them to.

Pass assist

NHL 18 allows you to alter passing accuracy with the pass assist option in the game. It can be found in the menu under controller settings, it’s the online pass assist percentage setting. You’ll want to adjust this slider so that you can be as comfortable as you can with your passes.

NHL 18 tries to help with your passes by magnetizing where you pass is going to go to. If you feel that is messing you up, you’ll want to adjust the aim assist to a pretty low setting. On the opposite end, if you feel that your passes are never reaching the player you want them to, you want to move this slider to a pretty high setting.

Keep in mind that your players passing stat affects how well your pass is going to be in the game. This means that if a vast majority of your team has high stats in passing, you could probably have the pass assist at zero. I suggest to start with a low pass assist setting, and then adjust by adding 10 or 20 percent until passes start to click. Generally, I found that anywhere from 40 to 60 percent is the sweet spot. Though, it all really depends on the player. So don’t be afraid to make adjustments as needed.


Another thing that helps out your passing accuracy other than the pass assist is gliding. That means, right before you want to pass, you’ll want to slow down a little bit. This allows your player to concentrate more on passing than skating.

So, if you and a teammate are all alone, do not go full speed at the goalie and make a pass. You want to slow down, and then pass for the one-timer. This will allow your teammate to handle your pass a lot easier.

Passing along the boards

One of the easiest and most accurate ways to pass is passing it along the boards. So, in the case of puck movement and passing, the boards are your friends. It’s very predictable how the pass is going to end up. It’s especially true when you are cycling the puck.

In other cases, you can do some fancy passes where you bounce it off the boards. The reason you might want to do this is, if your opponent is in the way of your pass trying to intercept it along the boards. Try to aim directly to your opponent’s side, assuming they are a fair distance away from the boards.

Powering up your passes

The longer you hold down the pass button, the faster your pass is going to be. I highly recommend not passing to someone that is so close to you that you could reach out and touch them, as the puck will usually go right by them.

The shortest pass that you should make, is to a teammate who is about half a faceoff circle away. To pass in this instance, just tap the pass button. On the other extreme, if you are trying to pass the puck across the ice for situations when you are breaking out and trying to get a break away. You should hold the pass button down for a few seconds to get power in your pass. Mid-range passes require about a second of holding the pass button down before releasing.


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I hope you enjoyed my tips to help make the perfect pass in NHL 18.

About the Author: Jon Scarr

Based in Toronto, Jon is a proud Canadian who loves all things gaming. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been in love with technology and gaming for over 20 years. Come say hi and join the conversation with Jon on Twitter.
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