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NHL Puckdoku answers and clues: September 1st, 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.
Kings/Blue Jackets: Player broke into the league with the Philadelphia Flyers
Lightning/Blue Jackets: Player is a defenseman who plays in the Atlantic Division
Blackhawks/Blue Jackets: Player is a former top-5 pick of a Central Division team
Kings/Canadiens: Player was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks
Lightning/Canadiens: Player was a junior teammate of Nathan Mackinnon
Blackhawks/Canadiens: Player is a former third overall pick
Kings Conn Smythe Winner: Player is a goaltender
Lightning Conn Smythe Winner: Player is also a goaltender
Blackhawks Conn Smythe Winner: Player spent his entire career with the Blackhawks until 2022-23
The most popular answers to today’s Puckdoku puzzle are below this picture of referees. Don’t scroll if you don’t want spoilers!
Kings/Blue Jackets: Jeff Carter
Lightning/Blue Jackets: David Savard
Blackhawks/Blue Jackets: Seth Jones
Kings/Canadiens: Phillip Danault
Lightning/Canadiens: Jonathan Drouin
Blackhawks/Canadiens: Kirby Dach
Kings Conn Smythe Winner: Jonathan Quick
Lightning Conn Smythe Winner: Andrei Vasilevskiy
Blackhawks Conn Smythe Winner: Patrick Kane

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