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NHL Puckdoku answers and clues: July 15, 2023

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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.
Wild/Avalanche: Player was a tenth overall pick of the Avalanche
Islanders/Avalanche: Player is currently in the league and has only played for these two teams.
Oilers/Avalanche: Player was traded from the Oilers to a Central Division team in 2022-23
Wild/Rangers: Player is one of the few Norwegians to ever play in the NHL
Islanders/Rangers: Player is a longtime journeyman goaltender with seven NHL teams under his belt
Oilers/Rangers: Player won a cup with the Oilers and with the Rangers…but not with the Canucks
Wild 1000+ career GP: Player tallied a career high 71 points with the Wild in 2009-10
Islanders 1000+ career GP: Player is a five time 40+ goal scorer with the Islanders
Oilers 1000+ career GP: One of the greatest players to ever play the game…cmon
The most popular answers to today’s Puckdoku puzzle are below this picture of referees. Don’t scroll if you don’t want spoilers!
Wild/Avalanche: Tyson Jost
Islanders/Avalanche: Devon Toews
Oilers/Avalanche: Tyson Barrie
Wild/Rangers: Mats Zuccarello
Islanders/Rangers: Jaroslav Halak
Oilers/Rangers: Mark Messier
Wild 1000+ career GP: Mikko Koivu
Islanders 1000+ career GP: Bryan Trottier
Oilers 1000+ career GP: Wayne Gretzky

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