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NHL Puckdoku answers and clues: September 20th, 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.
Islanders/Rangers: Player is a journeyman goaltender who’s played for seven different teams
Flyers/Rangers: Player’s promising career was cut short due to concussions
Lightning/Rangers: Player was traded from New York to Tampa Bay along with J.T. Miller in 2018
Islanders/Penguins: Player won four Stanley Cups with the Islanders
Flyers/Penguins: Player is from Czechia and makes an appearance on 95% of these cheat sheets
Lightning/Penguins: Player started his career with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2017-18
Islanders 10+ goals single playoffs: Player hit 50 or more goals in nine of his ten seasons in the NHL
Flyers 10+ goals single playoffs: Player was a first round pick in the 2006 NHL Draft
Lightning 10+ goals single playoffs: Player played junior hockey with the OHL’s Sarnia Sting
The most popular answers to today’s Puckdoku puzzle are below this picture of referees. Don’t scroll if you don’t want spoilers!
Islanders/Rangers: Jaroslav Halak
Flyers/Rangers: Eric Lindros
Lightning/Rangers: Ryan McDonagh
Islanders/Penguins: Bryan Trottier
Flyers/Penguins: Jaromir Jagr
Lightning/Penguins: Jan Rutta
Islanders 10+ goals single playoffs: Mike Bossy
Flyers 10+ goals single playoffs: Claude Giroux
Lightning 10+ goals single playoffs: Steven Stamkos

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