Despite competing in what looks on paper to be a very good pool, Norway hopes to be able to advance to the playoff round.
An extensive overhaul of the 2009 roster and the addition of some key players should contribute to more goals - especially from the midfield. An upgrade in goal should also account for more wins as weak shots will no longer be able to find the back of the net. The strikers and defenders are on essentially the same level as 2009 so expecting to reach the playoffs is a realistic goal.
Last years' team should have qualified for the playoffs if not for an absolute abomination of a performance in its final match.