The NHL is not allowing its employees to make work-related trips outside of North America in response to the global fears over the coronavirus, and if any of those employees go on their own to a country where the virus has been found they will be quarantined before being able to return to work.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday on the final day of the GMs’ meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., that the league has told its 31 teams they were free to adopt a similar policy, though he stopped short of saying it would be a mandate.

Rangers lose Kreider: The Rangers will have to make their playoff push without forward Chris Kreider, who’s out four to six weeks after suffering a broken ankle Friday.

Van Riemsdyk hurt: James van Riemsdyk broke his right hand during the Flyers’ 5-2 road win against the Capitals on Wednesday night.

It was the Flyers’ seventh straight victory and put them just one point back of the Caps in the Metropolitan Division.

Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said that he hopes to know more Thursday on the severity of van Riemsdyk’s break.

Boychuk’s eye OK: Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk needed 90 stitches to his eyelid after being hit in the face with a skate Tuesday but suffered no damage to his eye.

There’s no timetable for Boychuk’s return.