The arrival of minor-leaguers late in the season usually is a sign of a team primping prospects for the future amid a non-playoff fate — except, apparently, in the Coyotes’ case, because they’ve welcomed in a contingent from the American Hockey League while still very much in postseason contention.

“We think they give us a chance to win,” coach Dave Tippett said. “That’s the bottom line. We’re not seeing how young guys respond or this or that. We’re trying to win, and that’s the bottom line. If you’re in a situation where you’re out of the playoffs, maybe you’re looking at young guys. But that’s not our case at all.

“We’re doing this to try to win. We put people in there that we think give us the best chance to win.”

The Coyotes are 2-1 on this four-game road trip, which concludes Thursday night in Boston against the Bruins, with a younger look to their lineup. The change came following a startling collapse Saturday in Washington when the Coyotes let the Capitals flip a 2-0 lead into a 3-2 loss.

“Either you’re going to get a spark from it, it’s going to go the right way, or it could go the other way,” Tippett said. “It just comes down to the risk and reward, and right now we have to make sure we’re doing everything we can to give ourselves the best chance to win and sometimes it’s stepping out of the box and throwing a young guy in there to see what he can do.”

In the past week, the Coyotes have recalled defenseman Brandon Gormley and center Andy Miele. They added defenseman Chris Summers and winger Brandon McMillan during the Olympic break. All were picked for a reason.

“You gotta have draft picks come in and not just plug holes but become key parts of your team,” Tippett said. “A young player like Gormley, who’s put his time in down there and learned the game, I think you’re starting to see that emerge.”

Gormley’s insertion into the lineup came at the expense of veteran Derek Morris. Miele’s addition pushed wingers Rob Klinkhammer and Paul Bissonnette to the sidelines. But the new look has accomplished what Tippett hoped it would: energized, fast and aggressive hockey.