Almost everything I've read and seen about NHL 2K3 has me totally psyched for this game. I just recently got 2K2 for DC, and while it's not perfect, it is a ton of fun and just screams potential. Just about everyone of my issues with it seems to be addressed to at least some degree with this new version. This game will be the reason I find some way to get an XBox. I want to play this online badly! So, some new information: Gamespot has a new preview with a bunch of screens, a 3 movies (streaming only for us non subscribers, but the T1 WMP version ran very well for me) And a new preview at IGN. (Edit: Forgot the IGN preview was supbcriber only. You can read it HERE) I'm most excited about - The ESPN presentation looks really slick. - Better, beefier sounds - Play along the boards (Players can be pinned along the boards and the puck kicks to another player) - Better set plays and strategy - Bodychecks being toned down a bit. Another thing I haven't read much about was the rebounds. NHL2K2's rebounds are awful. It's pretty much impossible to score off of them because the goalie either scoops up the puck, or it bounces behind the net. If you actually do get a rebound, the plays doesn't shoot it fast enough to get it in the empty net, or is knocked off the puck right away. There is a bit in the IGN preview about scoring on a rebound with a quick wrist shot, so I hope that it is better this year. I really hope this series kicks hockey games into high gear and starts to eat into EA's stranglehold.