EA aims to light the lamp again with the ’08 edition of its annual hockey game. This year, runs on an all-new skating engine, which means new analog speed control of the left stick that gives you the variance you need to glide into the zone with control or get a burst of speed to step up on a defender. You have the control to perform crossovers to maintain speed or carve tight turns for an immediate change in direction. Also added are new Skill Stick Moments, where you have more control over 1-on-1 matchups. Use your stick to push the puck into space and walk around your defender. Once you’re all alone in front, improved stick handling and shooting accuracy will give you the toolset to beat your goaltender for that decisive goal. On the sim side, players can develop AHL players from all 29 minor league AHL teams — play favorites rising stars or be a GM and manage a team as they develop into candidates for the pro circuit.