The NHL lockout looms more likely with every day. Faced with the possibility of no ice-time come October many fans will have to settle for the digital arena. A few years back, EA Sports redefined digital hockey when it introduced the “skill-stick.” Since, the Vancouver developer coasted on the achievement, adding only marginal changes to the series. They promised all of that would change with the latest installment, NHL 13. Is this new sim worthy of your time to replace the real thing, or does it disappoint just as much as Bettman’s decision making?