Andre Tourigny said he knew there would be challenges taking over the rebuilding Arizona Coyotes as a first-time NHL coach.
The biggest turned out to be watching the players work hard and buy into what he was asking without receiving a payoff for their effort with victories. That changed in the past week when the Coyotes put together a four-game point streak (3-0-1), including winning consecutive games for the first time this season — 2-1 overtime victories against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday and the Los angeles Kings on Sunday.
Arizona (4-13-2) will look to make it three wins in a row when it hosts the Edmonton Oilers at Gila River Arena on Wednesday (10 p. m. ET; BSAZ+, SNW, ESPN+, NHL LIVE). Being home for a few days is a welcome change for the Coyotes after playing 12 of their first 19 games on the road.
Tourigny accepts the demanding early season schedule as part of “the reality of the NHL” he’s been adjusting to after making the jump from Ottawa of the Ontario Hockey League. The 47-year-old was an NHL assistant with the Colorado Avalanche (2013-2015) and Ottawa Senators (2015-16). But most of his coaching experience has been at the junior level with Rouyn-Noranda (2003-2012) and Halifax (2016-17) in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ottawa (2017-2020) in the OHL and the Canada national junior team, which he guided to a second-place finish in the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.