The gameplay is very similar to its predecessor NHL 2K9. The Wii MotionPlus was utilized for better puck control and movements. Mii's could also be used in certain gameplay options. Swinging the Wii Remote indicates a pass or shot while the Nunchuk is used for bodychecking.
Commentators Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda of the San Jose Sharks supply the in-game play-by-play and analysis.
As in the real-world sport of hockey, the object is to score more goals than the opposing team to win the game.
All 30 NHL teams appear in the game.
The box art for the game is a shot of Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.