Ceman: GB can take advantage of shot shy Danes
Former Dundee Stars coach Dan Ceman believes that Britain could claim a victory over Denmark as it prepares to meet in Kosice this afternoon .
The Danes have a win and a loss in their two matches. Pete Russell could target one of his fights to earn points and improve their survival in Group A World Championships.
And Ceman, who previously coached Denmark with SønderjyskE before joining Slovakia with Banska Bystrica, broke the strengths and weaknesses of today's clash.
"Denmark has the pedigree in these championships and can always get some NHL players to score goals," said Ceman.
"They have always had a good defensive structure, but they have a new coach this year, who was an assistant coach before.
"They've had a succession of Swedish coaches for a while, but since they have Dane to Heinz Ehlers, we'll see if they'll change direction. They played defensively for years and I hope it stays the same.
"What could make GB successful is that Denmark does not score many goals. If they can close the Regin line, they have a chance.
"It's a tough battle against all players in Pool A, but Denmark may be a team they can overthrow. Obviously, GB needs good goalkeepers and goals in a timely manner, which would be a help. "
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Ceman, a two-time Danish champion, has been chosen by coach of key players, coach Heinz Ehlers, who will attempt to improve his points account so far.
The former striker of the Nottingham Panthers, Sheffield Steelers and Fife Flyers also weighed the goaltender options and even though Sebastien Daum played in both games, a former League player elite could have time to play.
Ceman added, "I would say that the Danes are about the same level as Slovakia, maybe a bit more dangerous because they have good attackers.
"When I look in the formation, they have Peter Regin, Mikkel Bødker and Niklas Jensen in the front row. Regin and Bødker both play in the NHL while Jensen is in the KHL for Jokerit.
"He did not quite cut in the NHL, but I've always been a fan. Then you have Lars Eller, who, with Regin, could be the front-line center.
"Without Eller, the talent decreases slightly, but they have two good offensive lines, plus two defenders who play in the Swedish Allsvenskan and who are rather decent.
"They do not score a ton of goals, but they are good and there is talent thanks to their alignment.
"In goals, Patrick Galbraith will be well known to British fans because of his stint with the Nottingham Panthers, but I do not know who will be their number one, with Fredrik Andersen absent.
"Sebastien Daum is the other guardian and he usually intervenes if Andersen is not there. Paddy had a good year in Denmark and was the best goalkeeper in Denmark.
"But I think playing against guys you know can be overrated. You do something different, but if he is chosen, he will succeed as Daum. "
Ceman also analyzed GB's experience, insisting that they were under no pressure and explaining how exciting the prospect of hosting the Championships was for Slovak fans.
He said, "What I like about GB and the coaching staff is the belief they have in the team. It is a very united group that suffered a lot last year to rise up there.
"Whatever they get out of it, it will be great and if they can stay awake, it will be a fantastic feat. They can not really lose and that's the big thing about the situation.
"It can be scary to come up against big hitters like Canada, but what is the worst that can happen. They just have to focus on some games, like against France, and I hope they can get at least a win from them. It is certainly feasible.
"But the fans were very excited about this tournament in Slovakia and that's one of the things I like to be here. They like their hockey.
"Our league arouses so much interest and passion that I assume you are either a football player or an ice hockey player. In Denmark, they like a lot of different sports, but it's either here. "