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NHL Puckdoku answers and clues: August 31st, 2023

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Alex Hobson
7 months ago
WARNING: THERE ARE PUCKDOKU SPOILERS AHEAD. DO NOT CONTINUE SCROLLING IF YOU DON’T WANT TODAY’S PUZZLE SPOILED FOR YOU.
The new game “puckdoku” is taking the hockey world by storm. Here’s how it works. There’s a 3×3 grid, and each row and column are marked with either a team or a statistic of some sort. You have to guess players who meet the criteria for both the column and the row for the square you’re on. For example…if your square is in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ column and the St. Louis Blue row…Ryan O’Reilly would work. If it’s in the Washington Capitals column and the row says “40+ goals in a season”, Alex Ovechkin would work. You can play the daily Puckdoku puzzle here:
There’s also a rarity score in the form of a percentage next to the player you guess…the lower the percentage, the more rare the guess. Once you start getting used to the game, you want to shoot for a low rarity score. 
Without further ado, here are some hints for today’s puckdoku puzzle.
Red Wings/Coyotes: Player was primarily known for his time with the St. Louis Blues
Wild/Coyotes: Player is a former top-three pick
Canucks/Coyotes: Player was the subject of a blockbuster between these two teams in the summer of 2021
Red Wings/Kings: Player was an all-star eight times and won a Stanley Cup in 2002
Wild/Kings: Player was drafted by the Nashville Predators
Canucks/Kings: Player is currently an unrestricted free agent who last played for the Kings in 2022-23
Red Wings 20+ goaltender wins: Player won a Stanley Cup three times with the Red Wings
Wild 20+ goaltender wins: Player shares a similar name to Alex Ovechkin’s main linemate
Canucks 20+ goaltender wins: Player was a member of Canada’s gold-medal winning Olympic team in 2010
The most popular answers to today’s Puckdoku puzzle are below this picture of referees. Don’t scroll if you don’t want spoilers!
Red Wings/Coyotes: Brett Hull
Wild/Coyotes: Alex Galchenyuk
Canucks/Coyotes: Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Red Wings/Kings: Luc Robitaille
Wild/Kings: Kevin Fiala
Canucks/Kings: Alexander Edler
Red Wings 20+ goaltender wins: Chris Osgood
Wild 20+ goaltender wins: Niklas Backstrom
Canucks 20+ goaltender wins: Roberto Luongo

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