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NHL Puckdoku answers and clues: August 2nd, 2023

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Photo credit:© Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Alex Hobson
8 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.
Sabres/Maple Leafs: Player was acquired by the Maple Leafs from St. Louis at the 2023 deadline
Blackhawks/Maple Leafs: Player is a goaltender who’s also a six-time all-star and a Cup champion
Canadiens/Maple Leafs: Player spent his entire career with Montreal until being acquired by the Maple Leafs at the 2018 trade deadline
Sabres/Wild: Player only played for these two teams during his career
Blackhawks/Wild: Player is a goaltender who was a first overall pick
Canadiens/Wild: Player spent most of his career as a Carolina Hurricane
Sabres 90+ save percentage season: Player is a six-time Vezina winner and a two-time Cup champion
Blackhawks 90+ save percentage season: Player won three cups with the Blackhawks
Canadiens 90+ save percentage season: Player was a top-five pick of the Habs
The most popular answers to today’s Puckdoku puzzle are below this picture of referees. Don’t scroll if you don’t want spoilers!
Sabres/Maple Leafs: Ryan O’Reilly
Blackhawks/Maple Leafs: Ed Belfour
Canadiens/Maple Leafs: Tomas Plekanec
Sabres/Wild: Jason Pominville
Blackhawks/Wild: Marc-Andre Fleury
Canadiens/Wild: Eric Staal
Sabres 90+ save percentage season: Dominik Hasek
Blackhawks 90+ save percentage season: Corey Crawford
Canadiens 90+ save percentage season: Carey Price

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