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    NHL 98

    Game » consists of 7 releases. Released Sep 30, 1997

    The 7th game of the NHL franchise from EA Sports. It was the last to be released on 16-bit systems.

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    NHL 98 is EA's yearly NHL franchised hockey game for the 1997 season. For the first time, the series includes National Teams. Although the developers were unable to get the official Nagano Olympic license, they were able to have national teams with corresponding rosters.

    EA also introduced for the first time in their NHL series 3Dfx Glide support which dramatically changed their graphics from previous years (although the SNES and Genesis versions of the game continued to look like the previous 2D games). The game was the last NHL game to be released on SNES and Genesis.

    Peter Forsberg of the Colorado Avalanche is the game's cover athlete. Mario Lemiuex appears in the Saturn version of the game, although he had already retired at the end of the 1996-97 NHL Season.


    Game Modes

    • Exhibition: Single game, pick a team and one for the opponent and face against the computer or a friend.
    • Season: Play all 82 games of the 1997-98 NHL season, trade players, sign free agents and go through the ups and down of a full season.
    • Practice: Try situations like penalty kills, power plays, odd man rushes. Select how many players desired versus how many players the opposing teams have.
    • Skill Challenge: Try some of the challenges that have been made popular with the NHL's All Star game, such as faster skater, accuracy shooting, skating around cones and 2 on 0 goalie scenarios.
    • Shoot Out: One on One, goalie versus a skater on a breakaway.

    Teams & Rankings

    In addition to the then 26 NHL Teams (before Atlanta Thrashers, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild), two All Star Teams and only 3 National Teams (United States, Canada, Europe).

    Here are the default NHL Team Rankings:

    TeamEven StrengthPower PlayPenalty KillingGoaltending
    Anahiem Mighty Ducks9th6th22nd11th
    Boston Bruins26th16th21st26th
    Buffalo Sabres6th26th13th6th
    Calgary Flames21st8th17th13th
    Carolina Hurricanes19th4th10th19th
    Chicago Blackhawks14th17th11th7th
    Colorado Avalanche1st3rd2nd5th
    Dallas Stars2nd19th16th3rd
    Detroit Red Wings5th7th4th2nd
    Edmonton Oilers13th6th18th16th
    Florida Panthers7th21st7th4th
    Los Angeles Kings24th25th3rd20th
    Montreal Canadians17th13th26th23rd
    New Jersey Devils3rd23rd1st1st
    New York Islanders22nd22nd15th18th
    New York Rangers8th1st25th1th
    Ottawa Senators16th11th20th12th
    Philadelphia Flyers4th18th6th8th
    Phoenix Coyotes11th5th5th15th
    Pittsburgh Penguins10th2nd23rd25th
    San Jose Sharks25th20th12th24th
    St. Louis Blues12th15th14th14th
    Tampa Bay Lightning20th24th8th17th
    Toronto Maple Leafs23rd14th19th22nd
    Vancouver Canucks15th10th24th21st
    Washington Capitals18th12th9th9th

    Players with 100 Rating

    There are several players in the game that are by default rated 100, they are:

    Paul KariyaAnahiem Mighty DucksLeft Wing
    Dominik HasekBuffalo Sabres Goaltender
    Peter ForsbergColorado Avalanche Center
    Sergei FedorovDetroit Red Wings Center
    Rod Brind'AmourPhildelphia FlyersLeft Wing
    Eric LindrosPhiladelphia Flyers
    Jaromir JagrPittsburgh Penguins Right Wing
    Keith TkachukPhoenix Coyotes Left Wing
    Paul CoffeyPhiladelphia FlyersRight Defense
    Ray BourqueBoston Bruins Left Defense

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