Managing the Bruins during this final week of a regular season unlike any we’ve seen before is going to be a tricky juggling act.

During practice at Ristuccia Arena yesterday, coach Claude Julien was not in charge on the ice, but sitting with general manager Peter Chiarelli in a private corner box. The two likely were discussing how to best to proceed in the coming days, with at least three disparate goals to consider:

• First, the B’s, 1-3-1 in their last five games, have to do some winning in order to hang on the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and guaranteed home ice through the first two rounds of the playoffs.

• Second, they have to continue the process of rediscovering their identity and the proper style of play they’ll need to have any success in the playoffs. There have been signs in each of the last three games that the club is playing with more energy, more edge and sharper execution. There is still plenty of room for improvement.

• And third, they hope to be able to give key players rest, as the club is forced to play four games in the final six days.

After practice, and before the club flew to Philadelphia for tonight’s game against the Flyers, Julien was asked about trying to make it all work:

“That’s been the big challenge and it’s going to be the big challenge,” Julien said. “Your goal is to finish as high as you can. But at the same time you want to rest your players. I think (with) a lot of this stuff, we’ll see as the schedule progresses. It’s not just us; there’s other teams playing. Wherever those teams will end up as far as wins and losses, it may help us make some decisions. So I can’t answer that question at this moment, because it depends on a lot of different things.