The game has improved skating, checking and fighting engines than its predecessors. The player is also able to control the Stanley Cup celebrations, as well as the Zamboni's during intermissions.
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.
|2K Sports games|
|MLB series||2K6 • 2K7 • 2K8 (All-Stars) • 2K9 (All-Stars) • 2K10 • 2K11|
|NBA series||2K2 • 2K3 • 2K10 • 2K11 • 2K12 • 2K13 • 2K18 • 2K19 • 2K20|
NBA 2K Playgrounds 2
|NHL series||2K9 • 2K10 • 2K11|
|Top Spin series||Top Spin 2 • Top Spin 3 • Top Spin 4|
|WWE series||WWE 2K18|
|PGA Tour series||PGA Tour 2K21|