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NHL Puckdoku answers and clues: September 26th, 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. There’s a specific theme to this one, see if you can figure it out.
Flames/Senators: Player was formerly the captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Blue Jackets/Senators: Player is a former top-3 pick of the Colorado Avalanche
Bruins/Senators: Player is a defenceman who started his career with the New York Islanders
Flames/Maple Leafs: Player won a Norris Trophy within the past five years
Blue Jackets/Maple Leafs: Player was acquired by Toronto during the COVID-shortened 2021 season
Bruins/Maple Leafs: Player is a three-time Stanley Cup champion
Flames 3+ shutouts single season: Player is from Finland
Blue Jackets 3+ shutouts single season: Player participated in a recent Stanley Cup Final
Bruins 3+ shutouts single season: Player was acquired by Boston for Andrew Raycroft
The most popular answers to today’s Puckdoku puzzle are below this picture of referees. Don’t scroll if you don’t want spoilers!
Flames/Senators: Dion Phaneuf
Blue Jackets/Senators: Matt Duchene
Bruins/Senators: Zdeno Chara
Flames/Maple Leafs: Mark Giordano
Blue Jackets/Maple Leafs: Nick Foligno
Bruins/Maple Leafs: Phil Kessel
Flames 3+ shutouts single season: Miikka Kiprusoff
Blue Jackets 3+ shutouts single season: Sergei Bobrovsky
Bruins 3+ shutouts single season: Tuukka Rask

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