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NHL Puckdoku answers and clues: July 17, 2023

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Alex Hobson
2 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.
Coyotes/Penguins: Player won his third Stanley Cup in 2022-23 despite not playing a single playoff game after the first round
Kraken/Penguins: Player was a first round pick of the Vancouver Canucks and has also played for the Florida Panthers
Stars/Penguins: Player is second all time in NHL scoring behind only The Great One
Coyotes/Oilers: Player is a goaltender who last played in the NHL in 2021-22
Kraken/Oilers: Player was involved in a blockbuster trade with Taylor Hall going the opposite way
Stars/Oilers: Player scored a goal in the dying seconds of a game against the Stars after Patrik Stefan missed a wide open net in 2007
Coyotes goaltender: Player is the Coyotes’ current starting goaltender
Kraken goaltender: Player is the Kraken’s current starting goaltender
Stars goaltender: Player was a three-time all star in the mid-2000s
The most popular answers to today’s Puckdoku puzzle are below this picture of a referee. Don’t scroll if you don’t want spoilers!
Coyotes/Penguins: Phil Kessel
Kraken/Penguins: Jared McCann
Stars/Penguins: Jaromir Jagr
Coyotes/Oilers: Mike Smith
Kraken/Oilers: Adam Larsson
Stars/Oilers: Ales Hemsky
Coyotes goaltender: Karel Vejmelka
Kraken goaltender: Philipp Grubauer
Stars goaltender: Marty Turco

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