I am afraid you are out of luck here. Amplify weak sectors and
hide cdr media could work, but I don’t know for sure.
NHL 2002 used an older version of Safedisc that Plextors were able to copy successfully (for me only using CDMate) . NHL 2003 has a newer Safedisc version 2.6.x.
I have a Plextor 401240a and I am unable to copy it successfully.
I also bought a cheap Liteon 40x12x48x 3 months ago to backup my original game cds that my Plextor can’t backup.
Having both burners is the perfect solution for me. The Plextor has superior cdr audio burning capabilities and the Liteon has it for games.