With a new game's release, there are bound to be some bugs that need to be worked out. That is the case with NHL 23's online versus mode not working at the moment.
NHL 23 released to the public on Oct. 14 and since then players have been enjoying the game for the most part. Players were frustrated when the game missed out on Loyalty Packs, but that issue has been resolved with later updates. So too can an issue with online versus get fixed later on.
When trying to play in an online versus game, players are being disconnected during the faceoff part of the match. The puck has not even dropped yet and players are disconnected sent back to the main menu.
NHL 23 Online Versus Not Working
While there is no official update or work around yet, reddit has found a workaround on the issue. According to comments made on the game's on Reddit, if you do not switch your lines or start a scratched player before the match begins, there shouldn't be an issue.
This is one way to fix this issue, but if your favorite team has a glaring issue in their lineup that you want to address, sometimes this workaround just might not work. If someone is a fan of the Anaheim Ducks and the game has Trevor Zegras scratched or Igor Shesterkin in New York, they would make sure they are starting and not scratched.
Games have bugs when they are released, but having a bug be in one of the main online modes definitely is something that EA needs to address as soon as possible. In the meantime, now is the perfect time to work on some dekes in practice mode.