The only disappointment fans can have in the Senators so far this season is their lack of fight.

Not their battle-back. They have that. The drop the gloves kind.

Last season they had 55 majors, fifth most in the NHL. Heading into Monday’s meeting with Montreal, they had only been in four punch-ups — two each for Grind Line Mates Chris Neil and Zack Smith.

Only the Edmonton Oilers have fought less with three.

“It’s been different with all the injuries we’ve had,” Neil said hours before the game. “For Smitty and me, you don’t just go out and fight, you’re playing a lot more. If something happens to one of our teammates, we’ve got to go take care of it. We know that. But you’ve got to play the game as well. We’ve been going against the other team’s top lines, (coach Paul MacLean) wants us to shut them down, and that’s what we’re focused on.”

The Grind Line has been a factor in most games, especially since Dave Dzuirzynski joined it. “Spellcheck” scored the game’s first goal against the Habs before a bad roughing penalty by Neil late in the second led to Andre Markov’s equalizer.