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NHL Puckdoku answers and clues: July 22, 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.
Blackhawks/Stars: Player most recently played for the Stars, recently signed a one-year contract in the Atlantic Division
Lightning/Stars: Player is a 6-foot-8 tall goaltender
Maple Leafs/Stars: Player retired following the 2021-22 season and now works in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ front office
Blackhawks/Bruins: Player is arguably the greatest defenseman of all time
Lightning/Bruins: Player played for seven teams in his career and had seven all-star game appearances
Maple Leafs/Bruins: Player recently won his third Stanley Cup with the Vegas Golden Knights
Blackhawks 40+ goals single season: Player’s 16-year tenure with the Blackhawks came to an end in 2022-23
Lightning 40+ goals single season: Player was a first overall pick of the Lightning 
Maple Leafs’ 40+ goals single season: Player scored 60 goals in 2021-22
The most popular answers to today’s Puckdoku puzzle are below this picture of referees. Don’t scroll if you don’t want spoilers!
Blackhawks/Stars: Max Domi
Lightning/Stars: Ben Bishop
Maple Leafs/Stars: Jason Spezza
Blackhawks/Bruins: Bobby Orr
Lightning/Bruins: Mark Recchi
Maple Leafs/Bruins: Phil Kessel
Blackhawks 40+ goals single season: Patrick Kane
Lightning 40+ goals single season: Steven Stamkos
Maple Leafs’ 40+ goals single season: Auston Matthews

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