Opportunity has come knocking for Vancouver Canuck forward Dale Weise, who couldn’t get to the door fast enough to answer.

A knee injury to fellow winger Chris Higgins has left a hole on Vancouver’s third line and Weise has been asked to fill it alongside Derek Roy and Jannik Hansen.

“This is a big opportunity for me,” an excited Weise said before Wednesday’s National Hockey League game against the Calgary Flames. “It sucks to lose a guy like Higgins. He was playing so well and he is such a big part of our team, penalty-kill wise and five-on-five. He creates a lot.

“I am not going to do anything to change my game. I want to get in there, be physical, get those guys the puck and get to the net and see what happens ... it’s an opportunity for me to show what I can do offensively.”

Weise, who has primarily been a fourth-line player with the Canucks, does not think he’ll have any trouble keeping up with his new speedy linemates.

“I’ve said many times I am very confident in my skating, very confident that I can hop in and fill a role on that line,” he said. “Derek is very skilled and Jannik plays a very straightforward game and he’s real fast and I think that fits well for me.

“I don’t think I am going to go out there and try and toe-drag guys and be the last guy back and stuff like that. I play a north-south game and try to be strong down low and strong on the boards. I just want to try and get to the front of the net and hopefully create some room for those guys.”

Weise was particularly excited about the opportunity to play alongside Roy, who was acquired just before last week’s trade deadline.

“He has got some high-level offensive skill, for sure,” Weise said.

“He can make plays. He is very patient with the puck, he hangs onto it for that extra second, whereas most guys are a little nervous to make plays. That’s the difference between good players and really, really good offensive players in this league.”