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NHL Puckdoku answers and clues: September 7th, 2023

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Alex Hobson
7 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/Devils: Player has spent half of his career playing under Lou Lamoriello
Avalanche/Devils: Player’s son currently plays for the Carolina Hurricanes
Maple Leafs/Devils: Player carries the nickname “Mango”
Islanders/Panthers: Player was originally a top-5 pick of the Islanders but played only 24 games for them
Avalanche/Panthers: Player spent seven seasons in the NHL with only these two teams
Maple Leafs/Panthers: Player was not primarily known for his time with either of these teams
Islanders 400+ assists career: Islanders fans “didn’t need him”
Avalanche 400+ assists career: Player has two Cups as a player and one as an executive
Maple Leafs 400+ assists career: Player started as a Nordique and finished as a Canuck
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/Devils: Zach Parise
Avalanche/Devils: Claude Lemieux
Maple Leafs/Devils: Andreas Johnsson
Islanders/Panthers: Roberto Luongo
Avalanche/Panthers: Peter Worrell
Maple Leafs/Panthers: Joe Thornton
Islanders 400+ assists career: John Tavares
Avalanche 400+ assists career: Joe Sakic
Maple Leafs 400+ assists career: Mats Sundin

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