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NHL Puckdoku answers and clues: September 21st, 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.
Wild/Hurricanes: Player is from Chur, Switzerland
Canadiens/Hurricanes: Player was the subject of a rare successful offer sheet in 2021
Maple Leafs/Hurricanes: Player won the William M. Jennings award for best goaltending tandem next to John Gibson
Wild/Ducks: Player spent time with both of these teams in 2022-23
Canadiens/Ducks: Player is third all-time in NHL scoring by Finnish players
Maple Leafs/Ducks: Player is a goaltender who also played for the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche
Wild 3+ shutouts single season: Player shares a very similar name to a current Washington Capitals forward
Canadiens 3+ shutouts single season: Player spent his entire 15-year career with the Canadiens
Maple Leafs 3+ shutouts single season: Player carried the nickname “Cujo”
The most popular answers to today’s Puckdoku puzzle are below this picture of referees. Don’t scroll if you don’t want spoilers!
Wild/Hurricanes: Nino Niederreiter
Canadiens/Hurricanes: Jesperi Kotkaniemi
Maple Leafs/Hurricanes: Frederik Andersen
Wild/Ducks: John Klingberg
Canadiens/Ducks: Saku Koivu
Maple Leafs/Ducks: Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Wild 3+ shutouts single season: Niklas Backstrom
Canadiens 3+ shutouts single season: Carey Price
Maple Leafs 3+ shutouts single season: Curtis Joseph

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