Rightfully pushed to the background because of the tragic events that unfolded this week, both unfortunate and inspirational, the Bruins will host the Eastern Conference’s top dog when the Pittsburgh Penguins roll into town for a rare Friday night home game at TD Garden.

The Penguins are red hot again riding a five game winning streak as they make their one and only appearance of the season in Boston.

Pittsburgh has already beaten the Bruins in their two previous matchups at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh this season, and can clinch the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with a win over Boston on Friday night. Both were one goal games and both contests also saw the Bruins getting caught on the second night of back-to-back games, but the Penguins were also missing Evgeni Malkin in both of those games.

Above and beyond the challenge of playing the conference’s best hockey club while they’re still vulnerable without Sidney Crosby, it will also be Bruins’ fans first interaction with Jarome Iginla since he famously chose Pittsburgh over Boston.

That reverse of course for the former Flames power forward – and target of Boston interest – happened after Calgary GM Jay Feaster had originally told Bruins management they’d won the Iginla sweepstakes. So it will be interesting to see if there are any lingering hard feelings from any parties involved with Pittsburgh and Iginla ready to drop in on the Black and Gold.

Claude Julien was asked about the Penguins coming to town, and immediately went into an answer bracing against the Iginla questions in anticipation of them coming his way before Friday.