I agree with everything you've said, J.B. For me, NHL games are more enjoyable. I used to get a bit tired playing Madden games as they'd really drag on and there wasn't enough action to keep me wanting more and more. I don't at all think they're bad games, I think they're excellent.
I actually was playing NHL 95 last night and I just think it's so much fun. It plays so smoothly and it's now a pretty old game.
Thanks for the tip, matthughesfan21. I don't have any NHL games on the PS3, but I'm really hoping to get NHL 11 on it. So, really, I have no idea how they play or how different they are. I'd really like to try the 'Be a Pro' online. Can you control the goalkeeper?