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NHL Puckdoku answers and clues: July 28th, 2023

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Alex Hobson
9 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/Predators: Player was involved in a one-for-one swap between the Predators and Blue Jackets
Sabres/Predators: Player only played for these two teams and was nicknamed “Goose”
Blue Jackets/Predators: Player was the returning piece in the trade from the first clue
Blackhawks/Lightning: Player was acquired by the Lightning at the 2022 trade deadline
Sabres/Lightning: Player was a top 3 pick in a draft before 2010
Blue Jackets/Lightning: Player is a defenseman who currently plays in the Atlantic Division
Blackhawks same team entire career: Player retired following the 2022-23 season
Sabres same team entire career: Player was a first overall pick of the franchise
Blue Jackets same team entire career: Player is a defenseman drafted in the 2010s
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/Predators: Seth Jones
Sabres/Predators: Paul Gaustad
Blue Jackets/Predators: Ryan Johansen
Blackhawks/Lightning: Brandon Hagel
Sabres/Lightning: Zach Bogosian
Blue Jackets/Lightning: David Savard
Blackhawks same team entire career: Jonathan Toews
Sabres same team entire career: Rasmus Dahlin
Blue Jackets same team entire career: Zach Werenski

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