Written by: Jon Scarr
EA Sports has introduced some new dekes in NHL 18 and also brought a few back that have been absent from the series for several years. I’ve put together several tips to help you take your game to the next level by using the new dekes in NHL 18.
Let’s take a look at the new dekes and the dekes making a return and how to utilize them in NHL 18.
The one hand deke consists of two parts that are used in different situations. One component is used for open ice, while the other is used against the goalie. Let’s start off by talking about the classic one hand deke, which is meant to be used on open ice.
Simply start on your backhand, then hit L1/LB and move the right analog stick forward to initiate the one hander. If done correctly, you’ll step right around the defender with the puck and you’ll be well on your way moving up the ice. Don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time—it’ll take a little bit of practice to get the timing right.
Now, let’s talk about the second part of the one hand deke. The breakaway version of the one hander is very similar. You can start on your backhand and then press L1/LB and R1/RB at the same time—you’ll do a forehand one hand deke. Alternatively, you can start on the forehand and hit L1/LB and R1/RB at the same time to do a backhanded one hand deke.
Depending on how the goalie is setup, you can do this both ways—one to the left side and one on the right side. So, either way if the goalie is overcommitting you will be able to sidestep it around him.
Between the Legs is one of the easiest dekes to perform in NHL 18. Simply press L1/LB and then click on the right analog stick (R3). From there you can shoot it by pressing up on the right analog stick, pass between the legs by pressing R2/RT, and do a saucer pass with R1/RB.
The best thing about the Between The Legs dekes is that there is always a practical use for them. For example, if you are coming in on two on one, you can do a Between The Legs pass to get the one up on your opponent.
The famous Datsyuk Toe Drag is quite possibly one of the most talked about dekes in NHL 18. In order to do the Datsyuk Toe Drag, you’ll want to start off by faking a shot. Then pull straight back on the right analog stick, which will start the toe drag motion. From there you are able to take a shot by pushing up on the right analogue stick.
While you are on the breakaway, there is a new deke that you can do called the Datsyuk flip. Instead of pressing up on the right analog stick to shoot, press the R1/RB button to flip the puck. It’s best to wait until you’re just in front of the goalie, so it gets that perfect flip and goes right in over the goalie’s shoulder.
Make sure you have a good amount of space if you want to pull this off successfully. Otherwise, when you pull back, a defender will poke the puck away and spoil the whole thing. While the Datsyuk Toe Drag and the Datsyuk flip aren’t sure fire ways to get goals, it all comes down to how effective you can make them during a game in order to get the puck in the net.
One of the two dekes that have brought back this year from previous games is the Backhand Forehand Sweep. It’s quite possibly one of the most difficult dekes to pull off correctly.
While skating up the ice, on your backhand press L1/LB and press the right analog stick to the eight o’clock position. From there, press the right analog stick back over to the two o’clock position. That will allow you to finish the deke and move on up the ice for a good opportunity.
As I have mentioned previously, don’t fret if you don’t get it right the first several times. It takes practice to perfect it.
Behind The Back One Hand is the second deke that has been brought back from previous generation games. Start on the forehand and get into a very deep toe drag around the seven o’clock position.
Then, rotate the right analog stick downwards to approximately the four o’clock position. Once you get to the four o’clock position, hit L1/LB and then move the right analog stick diagonal up to around the 11 o’clock position.
Unless you have mastered this deke from several years ago when it was in the NHL games, expect to practice the quite a lot. It’s one of the most difficult dekes to do, and it will take some time to learn the motion.
I hope you enjoyed my tips to use dekes to take your game to the next level in NHL 18. I highly suggest when you are practicing these dekes, to start a Threes Now game and change the difficulty to rookie. This will give you enough space and time to really get a handle on things.
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