National Hockey Night includes the gameplay options that are standard for hockey games. There is exhibition mode for up to two players, season mode, create-a-player mode, and a playoffs mode. The seasons can be 29 or 82 games long. Statistics are tracked in 10 categories, and players get on hot or cold streaks as the season wears on. The create-a-player option allows you to max out a player's abilities in six different categories, choose from four different facial patterns, and adjust the player's height and weight. All 30 NHL teams are included.
The graphics represent an ESPN NHL broadcast. The team of Steve Levy and Gary Thorne handles the announcing duties for the games ESPN-style announcing.