A deke is a move in which a skater attempts to fake out a defender to get past him, and until now, EA's NHL games required players to hold down a shoulder button and use both analog sticks to pull off a deke. The unintuitive controls made it difficult to perform dekes. This year, EA Canada is making things easier: You'll only have to use the left stick (the usual navigation stick) to select a direction, and tap the left trigger or L1 button. These "one-touch dekes" are great for avoiding a big hit or slipping past a defenseman.
EA Canada is also making some defense-minded tweaks to its physics-based skating engine, which the studio introduced in NHL 13 last year. Defensemen will now continue to face forward while skating backward, a key factor in keeping attackers contained, and quicker pivots mean they'll be better able to keep up with forwards.