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NHL 19 Patch 1.31 Available Now - Patch Notes Here

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NHL 19 Patch 1.31 Available Now - Patch Notes Here

NHL 19 game update 1.31 is available now featuring the return of captaincy for HUT and EASHL, plenty of fixes and content in the World of CHEL, along with some fixes for gameplay, franchise mode, Be a Pro, presentation and more. Check out the patch notes below.

Hockey Ultimate Team™

  • Added the ability to customize your HUT team in the following ways
    • Captain and Assistant Captain
    • Jersey Numbers
    • Goalie Masks
    • These items will be available in Customization packs and can be applied via the “Apply Consumable” option in your Edit Lines flow
  • Added the ability for user to search the Auction House by Overall rating
  • Fixed various issues in Auction House
  • When a goal is scored, users will see the player items of the goal scorer and who received assists during the goal celebration
  • When viewing a game’s box score, you will now have the ability to see the player items when scrolling through any user-controlled team
  • Fixed an issue where the Star Rating was being shown instead of the Overall in the “Change Active Lineup” screen

World of CHEL

  • Fixed a rare crash where a user would sometimes crash loading into a Ones game
  • Fixed an issue where “The Lot” image was appearing in the post-game of a Ones game, even if the user was in a different tier
  • Fixed an issue where helmet colors were swapped in some Pro-Am games
  • Fixed an issue where 2 Man Celebrations were not working as intended in Pro-Am games
  • Fixed an issue where an overlap would occur in the Player Class description if a user was quick changing Traits and then changed their Player Class
  • Fixed an issue where a user would become stuck in matchmaking until the timer ran out if another player happened to drop during when the users were matched up and selected Ready
  • Added background art to the Ones Daily Rewards screen
  • Fixed an issue where the Ready button does not unlock once a game finishes if a user enters a Clubs dressing room before the current game is completed
  • Fixed a rare crash when earning a PSN Trophy/Xbox Achievement while playing Ones
  • Fixed an issue where the colors on the scoreboard were different from the colors in the score overlay
  • Fixed a rare desync that would occur when users quit from a Ones or EASHL game and then joined another game
  • Fixed an issue where exiting the Instant Replay from the post-game pause menu will restart the roll over timer when it shouldn’t be present when exiting out of that flow
  • Added a “Next Game” option in the post-game so users can select that option and bypass the timer to return to the dressing room
  • Fixed an issue where headwear was not being displayed on female heads outside of Edit Player
  • Fixed an issue where the user would be booted back to the main menu after opening their very first WOC bag
  • Fixed an issue where the user would become stuck if they quickly cancelled matchmaking then entered the matchmaking settings screen
  • Added Club Captaincy back to EASHL
  • Fixed cases where players would come out of the player bench on penalties instead of the penalty box
  • Improvements to AI behavior when a player disconnects in Ones

New Content in World of CHEL

  • Colorado Avalanche Alternate Jersey
  • Columbus Blue Jackets Alternate Jersey
  • Edmonton Oilers Alternate Jersey
  • Winnipeg Jets Alternate Jersey
  • Calgary Flames Alternate Jersey
  • Washington Capitals Alternate Jersey
  • San Jose Sharks Alternate Jersey

Gameplay

  • General
    • Various improvements made for grabbing sticks from the bench
    • Fixed cases where a shot animation was resulting in bobbled shots
    • Fixes to faceoff alignment in defensive zone
    • Various improvements for Defensive AI behaviour off faceoffs
    • Updates to AI logic for when to use defensive skill stick
    • Fixed various crashes
  • Skating
    • Improvements made to Vision Control when pivoting
    • Fixed an issue where energy was not regaining when in a glide while back skating
  • Poke Checking
    • Fixed an issue where players were able to poke check opponents through the net
    • Made improvements to collision detection where sometimes a stick was still able to cause incidental contact with the puck carriers stick or the puck when passing through player area first.
  • Goalies
    • Improved consistency when transitioning from VH into hug post and from hug post into VH
    • Improved consistency when transitioning from paddle down to the set pose
    • Fixes to AI goaltender puck tracking on Between-the-Legs shots
    • Improved AI goaltender puck tracking on One-Handed Dekes
    • Fixes to AI goaltender puck tracking on Backhand Toe Drag Flip Shots
    • Improved AI goaltender tracking when back skating
    • Consistency improvements to hug post transitions from set pose at extreme angles
    • Various fixes to goalie save coverage when transitioning off the post
    • Improvements to save logic when the AI goaltender is in VH
    • Various fixes for AI Goalie shot anticipation
    • Fixed a case where goalies could get stuck in butterfly
    • Added more tuning ability for how goalies handle secondary threats that could be rebound threats
  • Specializations
    • Various fixes to specializations and traits

Game Modes and Presentation

Franchise Mode:

  • Fixed an issues where junior created players imported into Franchise Mode always had UFA expiring contract status. They will now correctly follow NHL CBA rules.
  • Fixed an issue where some Owner mode related screens showed grey text on a grey background
  • Fixed an issue where the Jersey number screen was white when entering from a popup
  • Fixed an issue where the game would crash if the user switched to AHL during the NHL playoffs while it was still the AHL regular season
  • General UI/UX fixes

Be a Pro:

  • Added a popup informing the user that they became the team captain
  • Changed the colour of the starting goalie icon on the play next game tile to better show if the user is the starting goalie that game

Online Versus

  • Fixed an issue where users could become stuck while backing out of the Audio/Visual Settings screen as the pause timer expires

Global

  • In the pause menu, the Power Player format wasn’t correct. It should have been in the x/x format rather just powerplay opportunities

Presentation

  • Various improvements to multiplayer celebrations
  • Fixed a case where the score clock timing was incorrect off the opening draw in 2nd and 3rd periods
  • Fix an issue where the goal light was not rendering properly in some stadiums
  • Various camera fixes

Uniforms

The following uniforms have been added to NHL 19.

NHL

  • Added Calgary Flames Alternate
  • Added Colorado Avalanche Alternate
  • Added Columbus Blue Jackets Alternate
  • Added San Jose Sharks Alternate
  • Added Washington Capitals Alternate
  • Added Winnipeg Jets Alternate
  • Added Edmonton Oilers Alternate

AHL

  • Colorado Eagles Home and Away

CHL

  • Lethbridge Hurricanes Home and Away
  • Oshawa Generals Home and Away
  • Shawinigan Cataractes Home and Away

ECHL

  • Atlanta Gladiators Home and Away
  • Adirondack Thunder Home and Away
  • Rapid City Rush Home and Away

Liiga

  • KalPa Home and Away
  • KooKoo Kouvola Home and Away

DEL

  • All Teams Home and Away

National League

  • All Teams Home and Away

Center Ice Changes

Updated the following Center Ice layouts

  • Anaheim Ducks
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Dallas Stars
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Vegas Golden Knights

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  1. Of course we have to wait for new roster to use new jerseys.Man constantly waiting for something for this game Maybe they put this game out around playoff time when they get all the bugs out.Seems you have wait months before you can start franchise.And don't get me going on the legends issue.lol.
    I'll take it. NHL 19 is progress. Patience on the rosters, guys... We'll get them...we always do. And let's hope they do a really good job on them. This patch is another reminder that maybe they will. 19 is a solid game, best in this title for a long time.
    I agree,it is a very good game,I'm just disappointed that they don't pay attention to player likeness like the other games and I feel they led us on about legends in Franchise.Again I love the game.
    Always something.
    Download the patch and have an EASHL team? This patch will erase all team customization. Colors, logos, jerseys, arena set up, etc. It’s all still unlocked, but you start from scratch to get it all set up again.
    Sigh.
    Why is there even a point in having Enter Codes in game when they don’t give us codes to unlock stuff like maybe the jerseys so we could use it with default rosters instead of having to download new rosters. I miss the older games when you could get the jerseys by typing the code in.
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    bad_philanthropy
    Now the question is, how many AHL guys will we get back in the corresponding roster update.

    Not much.. if there’s even a roster update ;)
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    Yeah another B.S. EA roster update thrown in. NOTHING added. Garbage EA. Nothing in the lines for AHL at least.
    Yet to play a game. PS4 had roster update. XB1 not as of 2pm East Coast. Sure it's coming. Don't expect much. Few tweaks in ratings is all I saw.
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    ejf0255
    Yeah another B.S. EA roster update thrown in. NOTHING added. Garbage EA. Nothing in the lines for AHL at least.
    Yet to play a game. PS4 had roster update. XB1 not as of 2pm East Coast. Sure it's coming. Don't expect much. Few tweaks in ratings is all I saw.
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    Not EA's fault they can't add the players. Individual players need to sign their PHPA waiver. It's the licensing system that's the issue.
    bad_philanthropy
    Not EA's fault they can't add the players. Individual players need to sign their PHPA waiver. It's the licensing system that's the issue.
    Not when these players were already in last years game. LOL. Sorry excuses aside EA is typically lazy. Again this year no exceptions.
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    I didn’t get to play a game between this 1.31 update and the tuner 1.03 release however I am really liking how the game is playing again. The skating feels more fluid, less cumbersome, well that’s how it felt to me during 1.02 tuner.
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    Just one game post patch, latest tuner in my franchise and it's playing great. Winnipeg actually had 22 hits on me and it was a tight checking, great goal tending and space was hard to come by. The puck also seemed more lively.
    With Madden and NHL, my Xbox is getting quite the workout and now RDR 2 is out. :)
    So I switched to V1.01 in my franchise after playing a game with V1.01 with the new patch. For some reason V1.01 felt better with the latest patch. Will have to get more games in, but the CPU (Red Wings) outshot me and kept the game close as I pulled out a win in OT, 3-2.
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    WeAreAllKings
    So I switched to V1.01 in my franchise after playing a game with V1.01 with the new patch. For some reason V1.01 felt better with the latest patch. Will have to get more games in, but the CPU (Red Wings) outshot me and kept the game close as I pulled out a win in OT, 3-2.
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    I made a typo I was using V1.00 previous to the switch....
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    Love the new patch update. Game feels more organic. Default speed feels faster. Pro does seem a little easier possibly...
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    sportdan30
    Love the new patch update. Game feels more organic. Default speed feels faster. Pro does seem a little easier possibly...
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    I second the new patch as well. I play on PRO difficulty with AlTitos sliders and I don’t find it all that easy. What tuner version are you using?
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    WeAreAllKings
    I second the new patch as well. I play on PRO difficulty with AlTitos sliders and I don’t find it all that easy. What tuner version are you using?
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    I’m using the latest tuner. And I should preface by saying that I unknowingly wasn’t using default sliders in my first game post patch. Since adjusting, the game plays sloppier, which is a good thing.
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    I am not happy with this patch, the game plays faster, that's not the problem, the problem are the penalties, lots of slashing ones, I had to lower the penalties to 2/4 with no results, it's a slashing festival, what a pity.
    mondeslicht
    I am not happy with this patch, the game plays faster, that's not the problem, the problem are the penalties, lots of slashing ones, I had to lower the penalties to 2/4 with no results, it's a slashing festival, what a pity.

    Ya I wasn’t sure if it was the patch or tuner but I’ve noticed the high numbers of slashing and tripping. Even for cpu vs cpu. I loved how it was playing till this patch. Still plays well just too much penalties. Last year penalties were finally decent now they screwed it up again
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    JaFFiTh
    Ya I wasn’t sure if it was the patch or tuner but I’ve noticed the high numbers of slashing and tripping. Even for cpu vs cpu. I loved how it was playing till this patch. Still plays well just too much penalties. Last year penalties were finally decent now they screwed it up again
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    The penalties via slashing started with Tuner 1.02.
    I’m going back to the tuner before that until it gets addesssed. Because no matter what you have penalties set at for slashing they still are over the top.
    Fiddy
    The penalties via slashing started with Tuner 1.02.
    I’m going back to the tuner before that until it gets addesssed. Because no matter what you have penalties set at for slashing they still are over the top.

    I had cpu play a game with default tuner, same thing. So I’m thinking it’s the new patch maybe?
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    JaFFiTh
    I had cpu play a game with default tuner, same thing. So I’m thinking it’s the new patch maybe?
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    No clue. Lol. I was going off of the tuner/patch notes.
    Tuner 1.02 was when they adjusted the slashing. Nothing in the patch notes talks about slashing etc.
    Hmmm.
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    Haven't had a chance to check so not sure if it is just missing in the patch notes or if it was really omitted, but given the number of centre ice fixes, the Ottawa Senators weren't listed as one of the teams that got changed despite them changing their centre ice logo back to the centurion for this year. Disappointing if true - I mean, it doesn't take that much effort to fact check this and get it right on their end.
    I wonder if they upped the slashing penalties due to the fact that since people weren't able to spam the poke check button anymore they started spamming the stick lift button. It would make sense to try and stop that as well.
    Looks like we gotta minimize the sticks related penalties. I had tripping and slashing to 0 and not even one penalty the whole game. So the penalties are broken as we very rarely get the random ones from the list. Had some at 100 while those 2 at 0. Not one penalty lol.
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    JaFFiTh
    Looks like we gotta minimize the sticks related penalties. I had tripping and slashing to 0 and not even one penalty the whole game. So the penalties are broken as we very rarely get the random ones from the list. Had some at 100 while those 2 at 0. Not one penalty lol.
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    Definitely. It's really weird how willing the cpu is to take a stick infraction when it gets beaten. Thankfully it does seem like it's completely rectified by just tuning the sliders down in the 20 range.
    Definitely loving the gameplay overall. There's so much depth in how to manipulate the defense and create plays. Your teammates finally behave in really clever ways when you hold the puck, and some of the plays you can make are joy. Plus EA finally fixed d-zone faceoff alignments after like 15 years. I just want a better AHL roster so I can start a franchise. Not EA's fault, of course.
    I truly hope one of these days they totally overhaul board play, and give goalies a true generational update.
    I have penalties turned all the way up 4/4 from the main settings and 100/100 in the slider settings and they seem just about spot on for me in franchise mode. In fact, last game the CPU took 3 penalties and I didn't take any.
    This years game is the best hockey game I've played in a very long time. I love the way the goalies don't sit in the butterfly anymore and I'm seeing more varied animations and glove saves as they are able to get back up now. If they had Madden's presentation, I would be in hockey heaven.
    bad_philanthropy
    Definitely. It's really weird how willing the cpu is to take a stick infraction when it gets beaten. Thankfully it does seem like it's completely rectified by just tuning the sliders down in the 20 range.
    Definitely loving the gameplay overall. There's so much depth in how to manipulate the defense and create plays. Your teammates finally behave in really clever ways when you hold the puck, and some of the plays you can make are joy. Plus EA finally fixed d-zone faceoff alignments after like 15 years. I just want a better AHL roster so I can start a franchise. Not EA's fault, of course.
    I truly hope one of these days they totally overhaul board play, and give goalies a true generational update.

    they released a roster last week that wasn't too bad. I kinda dug into it in depth in the roster forum. There's only a handful of top AHL prospects that are completely missing
    bad_philanthropy
    Definitely. It's really weird how willing the cpu is to take a stick infraction when it gets beaten. Thankfully it does seem like it's completely rectified by just tuning the sliders down in the 20 range.
    Definitely loving the gameplay overall. There's so much depth in how to manipulate the defense and create plays. Your teammates finally behave in really clever ways when you hold the puck, and some of the plays you can make are joy. Plus EA finally fixed d-zone faceoff alignments after like 15 years. I just want a better AHL roster so I can start a franchise. Not EA's fault, of course.
    I truly hope one of these days they totally overhaul board play, and give goalies a true generational update.

    I agree. Another glaring problem, although better this year, they need to fix the tendency for d-men defending a rush to back up and let you take a shot in the slot.
    bad_philanthropy
    Definitely. It's really weird how willing the cpu is to take a stick infraction when it gets beaten. Thankfully it does seem like it's completely rectified by just tuning the sliders down in the 20 range.
    Definitely loving the gameplay overall. There's so much depth in how to manipulate the defense and create plays. Your teammates finally behave in really clever ways when you hold the puck, and some of the plays you can make are joy. Plus EA finally fixed d-zone faceoff alignments after like 15 years. I just want a better AHL roster so I can start a franchise. Not EA's fault, of course.
    I truly hope one of these days they totally overhaul board play, and give goalies a true generational update.

    MizzouRah
    I have penalties turned all the way up 4/4 from the main settings and 100/100 in the slider settings and they seem just about spot on for me in franchise mode. In fact, last game the CPU took 3 penalties and I didn't take any.
    This years game is the best hockey game I've played in a very long time. I love the way the goalies don't sit in the butterfly anymore and I'm seeing more varied animations and glove saves as they are able to get back up now. If they had Madden's presentation, I would be in hockey heaven.

    Really enjoying NHL 19. The AI improvements have really benefited the offline gamer.
    While the game is better offline,,,so far out of 14 games 12 games are either 2-1 or 3-2, of which 5 of the 12 one goal difference were in OT or shootout. Two games are two goal spread 3-1 and 4-2 because of an empty net.
    I have tried to tweek the shot aim (using auto aim setting) from about 46 to 50 and lower the goalie rating from 50 to about 40 for both AI and Human.....no dice....same result.
    jack72
    While the game is better offline,,,so far out of 14 games 12 games are either 2-1 or 3-2, of which 5 of the 12 one goal difference were in OT or shootout. Two games are two goal spread 3-1 and 4-2 because of an empty net.
    I have tried to tweek the shot aim (using auto aim setting) from about 46 to 50 and lower the goalie rating from 50 to about 40 for both AI and Human.....no dice....same result.

    Check my sliders out, I'm having some fun with high scoring games.
    https://forums.operationsports.com/forums/ea-sports-nhl-sliders/938395-fiddys-nhl-19-sliders.html
    jack72
    While the game is better offline,,,so far out of 14 games 12 games are either 2-1 or 3-2, of which 5 of the 12 one goal difference were in OT or shootout. Two games are two goal spread 3-1 and 4-2 because of an empty net.
    I have tried to tweek the shot aim (using auto aim setting) from about 46 to 50 and lower the goalie rating from 50 to about 40 for both AI and Human.....no dice....same result.

    I think the biggest change this year isn't just how much more careful you have to be about your shot accuracy, but also how much more careful you have to be about executing the RS gestures to pull off a hard enough wrister or slapper. You used to be able to get decent rebounds for second chances with softer shots, now you really have to charge your shot properly. Also moving the puck back and forth with RS is essential for keeping goalies from committing.
    Not really sure what thread to post this in, so I chose this one. I think I saved NHL 19 from collecting dust in my PS4 sports game collection. I decided to change three things and the game is playing much better for my style of play. I use AlTitos sliderset but on PRO difficulty. AllStar difficulty was too over the top for me. So on to my three simple, yet significant changes to the sliders. I have all of the goalie reaction sliders set to 45 for both HUM/CPU and I have CPU difficulty set to 1 out of 6. In the last three games of my franchise, I am 1-1-1. I had a 3-2 OT loss, a 3-2 loss in regulation and a 6-3 win. Even with the goalie reaction sliders toned down from 50 to 45, I’ve seen a drastic improvement in the goalies organic movements. These subtle tweaks have saved NHL 19 for me. That is until EA ruins it all with another patch....
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    Every patch/tuner is making the game way worse for me. In be a pro I was having good games before. Now? Every game is 4 or 5 to 1. The teammate AI just went backwards. Before my players were making plays, now they just skate right into the CPU players with the puck and coast.
    The CPU is just in "beast mode" too. They can steal the puck from my team so fast. I spend the entire game on D chasing around. Very frustrating. I'm not sure if it was a patch or a tuner that broke the game for me. I'm literally losing every game. 5 in a row and counting.
    edit: 6 losses in a row. 6-2.
    I've played two games since the patch and quite the first Street 10 pps in the first period, and completed the second with 11 for the game.
    Something is up as the ai waves its sick around all the time. 80% off the calls were slashing
    MizzouRah
    I have penalties turned all the way up 4/4 from the main settings and 100/100 in the slider settings and they seem just about spot on for me in franchise mode. In fact, last game the CPU took 3 penalties and I didn't take any.
    This years game is the best hockey game I've played in a very long time. I love the way the goalies don't sit in the butterfly anymore and I'm seeing more varied animations and glove saves as they are able to get back up now. If they had Madden's presentation, I would be in hockey heaven.

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    kerosene31
    Every patch/tuner is making the game way worse for me. In be a pro I was having good games before. Now? Every game is 4 or 5 to 1. The teammate AI just went backwards. Before my players were making plays, now they just skate right into the CPU players with the puck and coast.
    The CPU is just in "beast mode" too. They can steal the puck from my team so fast. I spend the entire game on D chasing around. Very frustrating. I'm not sure if it was a patch or a tuner that broke the game for me. I'm literally losing every game. 5 in a row and counting.
    edit: 6 losses in a row. 6-2.

    Did you win any games on the patch with which you had the 6 losses?
    EA's coding can ramp up the difficulty/intensity for a game mode to simulate streaks and what not. I also believe they adjust for a user profile too or that could just be set patterns, but you will see swings in difficulty and AI behavior. You'll go through ups and downs regardless of what patch/tuner you're using.
    I could be wrong, but you might just be misinterpreting a "dynamic difficulty adjustment" for what you're perceiving as a patch based alteration. Your "turn" for a down swing might have coincided with the installment of the patch.
    I myself didn't notice a change in difficulty with the recent patch. I also have only been playing "Play Now" games, so swings in difficulty adjustments haven't been streaky for me, maybe just a game or two.
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