Online play is generally fast as a ferret and smooth as a shot of Knob Creek -- although CG did encounter some wait for players, some drop in frame rate and once, the unexpected end of the game. If you're an online addict, you can form leagues of up to 50 players. In each game, it's as many as six on six players, and each player has his or her own personal view from the ice. That's cool, although they don't know anyone who has so many friends who want to play together. Supposedly, the winner of the online playoffs and of Lord Stanley's Mug will get some nifty prizes from Electronic Arts. So skate on.
Verdict: Buy it